Here are 11 Walk-Off Thoughts after the Indians’ 10-4 loss to the Seattle Mariners on Sunday.

1. Josh Tomlin’s start the season has been rough enough, and now extended enough, to warrant at least the discussion of what the Indians should do with the No. 5 spot in their rotation. The first four have been electric, and unless Tomlin can figure out some of the issues that have plagued him recently, it’d be difficult to keep running him out there every fifth day for too much longer.

2. Tomlin entered Sunday’s start with a 9.24 ERA and plenty of room to improve. He did, technically, lowering it all the way to 9.16. Tomlin hasn’t just struggled compared to his career norms, he’s struggled to keep his starts competitive to the point that it doesn’t put an additional strain on the bullpen. To his credit, Tomlin recovered from a five-run second to toss six innings, at least lessening the burden and preventing a couple of relievers of being overworked.

3. Tomlin has had rough stretches before, and he’s worked out of them. And, thanks to a weak AL Central, the Indians might have the luxury of some added patience to allow him to try to get back on track. But at some point, a stretch like this can’t continue. Tomlin being a veteran, too, will at least warrant some rope.

4. A few days ago, Indians manager Terry Francona was asked about a point in the season in which he might start to trust the numbers (as opposed to early-season struggles or small sample sizes) and ponder changing around the lineup. His response was, in effect, that you can’t make a change solely focusing on one player as an issue, since another player will also have his role/spot changed around. You have to consider both and how it affects both.

5. Basically, Francona was channeling Sir Isaac Newton’s third law of motion that states, “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” So take that, sixth grade teachers, I was paying attention after all.

6. Said Indians manager Terry Francona: “I think if you’re going to ever make a change, you have to have a compelling reason, especially with veteran guys. We were talking about that kind of with the lineup. And, we’ve seen him do it. If you run too quick from guys, you don’t get the rewards. Now I understand, at some point, maybe you make changes. But I think if you rush to do that, you can make some mistakes.”

7. Therein lies the bigger rub with Tomlin’s status as the No. 5 starter. It’s natural to want to find a replacement until he can iron out his command issues, but who takes the spot? The two primary options—Danny Salazar and Ryan Merritt—are both currently on the disabled list. Salazar, especially, still has no timetable and seems to be a long while away from taking the mound in a major-league game again. At Triple-A, Adam Plutko might be the first call-up candidate as someone who has pitched well (2.35 ERA, just pitched 7 2/3 perfect innings) and is already on the 40-man roster but has no track record in the big leagues. After that, the rotation at Triple-A includes Adam Wilk, Shawn Morimando, Alexi Ogando and Stephen Fife. At Double-A, the Indians could call up Shane Bieber if they wanted to reach deeper into their system.

8. It highlights one of the shortcomings of the Indians’ 40-man roster—after the top seven, there’s little established starting pitching depth. With Salazar spending more time on the disabled list than the mound recently, it leaves very little room for error. So, to the point laid out by Francona—and Sir Isaac Newton—the Indians have to consider how removing Tomlin affects other spots on the roster and how positive of an effect it might have all around. For now, Tomlin is still trying to work with pitching coach Carl Willis to find the answers.

9. Said Tomlin: “I'm going to try and come back and look at it tomorrow and take the positives out of it, and that's it. Try to stop looking at all the things that have been going wrong in the past couple of start, past three starts or whatever it's been, and try to take the positive out of it. In that second inning, things just kind of... I made a few good pitches and they put the barrel on it and did a good job of hitting. Tip your cap. And there was just a couple mistakes in that inning also that ended up magnifying the inning, ended up making it a crooked number, which ended up putting us in a hole early on and was probably the difference in the game.”

10. Tomlin did nearly escape the second inning unscathed. Michael Brantley didn’t seem to field a ball into the corner as well as possible and Francisco Lindor’s throw to home plate was high. It would have been a tremendous play to pull it off, but it allowed the inning to continue. The Mariners then pummeled Tomlin, and his nightmare April continued. Tomlin thinks he and Willis have made progress.

11. Said Tomlin: “Yeah, there's a few things. And, actually, after the game I came up here. Right after I came out of the game, I came up here and looked at it and there's a few mechanical adjustments that I was able to iron out, but they still creep back into it over the course of the game. I don't know if it's what really happens, if you land wrong, you start wrong, you kind of rush your delivery, or you're trying to make too good of a pitch, you just kind of get out of whack again and then it takes me a little bit longer to kind of reel it back in. There was a few good mechanical strides in that game, but there's still a lot of work to be done and still progress to be made.”