CLEVELAND: Barring a disastrous Sunday in the regular-season finale, the Indians will enter the postseason much healthier than they did a year ago.

Most notably, that’s true of the pitching staff, which became the story of the Indians’ run to Game 7 of the World Series. It’s also true with the other half of that battery, in that Yan Gomes and Roberto Perez are both healthy and playing well.

Gomes in September was hitting .292 with an .883 OPS with four home runs and 10 RBI entering Saturday’s game. He has also thrown out 40 percent of would-be base stealers (22-for-55), the best percentage in the majors this season.

Perez has an OPS of .844 or better in each of the last two months and has slugged five home runs and driven in 12 runs in September entering Saturday. He has also been among baseball’s best pitch framers, ranking ninth in Baseball America’s Framing Runs metric with 10.4. According to FanGraphs, Gomes has been worth 1.7 WAR in 103 games while Perez has posted 0.5 WAR in 72.

Both have brought their own value, and both have been playing well lately. It gives the Indians solid depth, something they haven’t been able to always take advantage of while one or both were injured last season. Last year, Gomes was on the postseason rosters but was limited while recovering from a broken hand.

The Indians have been trying to ensure that both players have caught every potential pitcher who could make the American League Division Series roster in order to have much flexibility as possible when making out the lineup for each game. The lone exception could be with Trevor Bauer, who has worked with Perez and had success. Kluber has also traditionally worked with Gomes, but Perez has recently caught him as well.

“I didn’t want to get to a playoff situation and have to make a decision because one guy hadn’t caught the other,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “I just want to make sure that all our guys have — I know Roberto’s caught Trevor exclusively, but other than that, everybody’s caught everybody.”

Droning on

The mystery of Bauer’s missing drone hasn’t yet had a happy ending. The drone still hasn’t been returned and the trail has gone cold. So, he said, he’ll have to build another one and joked, “Wish me luck.”

When it first went missing, Bauer acknowledged that his working on a drone was probably the last thing any Indians fan wanted after he sliced his pinkie on one on the eve of last year’s American League Championship Series against the Toronto Blue Jays.

“Let’s hope he builds it after the season,” Francona joked Saturday.

Ryan Lewis can be reached at rlewis@thebeaconjournal.com.