Here are 10 Walk-Off Thoughts after the Indians’ 9-1 win over the Chicago White Sox.

1. The Indians all of sudden seem to be firing on all cylinders, but the rebuilding Chicago White Sox being in town might have a lot to do with that. Still, the Indians have won five in a row and scored at least seven runs in all five games. The top third of their lineup are on track to be All-Stars. The bullpen was decimated but somehow redeemed with a five-run ninth inning on Sunday. The starting rotation has been sharp and could feature a few more All-Stars.

2. Either way the Indians will take an easy series sweep after two months of baseball that, for the most part, was one step forward, one step back (unless you’re talking about the bullpen, which has more-so resembled the 16-year-old who just learned how to drive, floors it in reverse and backs through the garage door in a blaze of glory).

3. Sunday’s win was about as easy as they come. Corey Kluber cruised through six scoreless innings and struck out 10. And thanks to a nine-run cushion, the Indians could comfortably take him out after 90 pitches and save some mileage on his right arm. And, any time the Indians can preserve some wear and tear on their ace, they’ll take it.

4. Said Indians manager Terry Francona: “Anytime you can save anybody’s bullets, that’s really a good thing. … It was nice that we were able to get him out after six. He doesn’t have to go out and grind through because we rely on him so much. He was going to get an extra day this time anyway, but it worked out really well.”

5. The Indians have so far seemed to survive the calamitous efforts of their bullpen and will enter their series against the Minnesota Twins with a 29-25 record. Despite the worst bullpen in baseball, they’ve managed to grind their way to a winning record and a comfortable division lead, considering the Minnesota Twins haven’t really been able to find their stride, either. Wednesday’s win was a rare opportunity—at least within the context of 2018—to enjoy something that finally came easy to them.

6. Said Francona: “It’s nice to have a game like today where you can let the guys [relax a bit]. Because they’ve been grinding and we got a big series now coming up, but just to be able to have some room where if somebody does make a mistake … it doesn’t cost you a game.”

7. Kluber right now would likely be the Cy Young runner-up to Justin Verlander, who has been pitching far above even his lofty, peak-Verlander standards. Kluber’s ERA dipped to 2.02, and he hasn’t walked anybody in 28 1/3 innings. He has now started the 2018 season with 12 consecutive quality starts, the longest streak to open a season by an Indians pitcher since Stan Coveleski in 1918. He’s also allowed three-or-fewer runs in 24 starts dating back to early August of last year, the longest streak by an Indians pitcher in the Play Index era (1908). Kluber has continued to mow through every lineup thrown at him.

8. The Indians have had their flaws, and they’ve had a number of players putting up some of the best numbers in the game, Kluber included. Michael Brantley now has a 19-game hitting streak, the longest streak in the majors this season, and is hitting .343, the third-best mark in the game. Jose Ramirez hit a home run for the second consecutive day after those false rumors hit the internet and is now one off Mike Trout’s league-leading pace of 18. Ramirez became the second player in franchise history with at least 17 home runs by the end of May, joining Albert Belle, who slugged 21 in 1996. Yonder Alonso is also heating up and is 13-for-28 (.464) in the last seven games.

9. Melky Cabrera had his most productive day with the Indians, driving in three runs, including a two-run double. He’s been a bit slow out of the gate but has helped to stabilize an Indians outfield that hasn’t been able to stay healthy—Bradley Zimmer, Lonnie Chisenhall, Brandon Guyer and Tyler Naquin are all still on the disabled list.

10. Said Francona of Cabrera: “Professional at-bats. A switch-hitter so you can sandwich him in between Kip and Yonder and his batting average isn’t real high. You know when he got here, we were facing some of the best pitching in baseball, but he’s just a real professional hitter. You saw him in his first at-bat, he’d got the bases loaded and he got the ball in the air for the sac fly. He just knows how to hit. I think he’s kind of proven, he really did work hard into .... you know when we were talking to him, he says, ‘I’m in good shape,’ and he is because it’s hard to step in when you miss spring training and he’s played every game.”