Here are 10 Walk-Off Thoughts after the Indians’ 5-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Monday.

1. Some on the Indians roster appear to be stuck in a lull, caught between this point in the regular season—a month to go with only home field in the ALDS up for grabs—and the all-important beginning of postseason play. There is little need to ramp up any sense of urgency with still roughly a month to go until the beginning of the American League Division Series, when the Indians will face either the Houston Astros or Oakland A’s, and their mission to correct the ending to the last two Octobers begins.

2. There are plenty of storylines to watch this September with all eyes on being ready for October, thanks to the division being well in hand. Several key players on the roster have one clear goal for the next month, that being to log enough time to shake off any rust resulting from injuries or positional changes. Josh Donaldson, Andrew Miller and Trevor Bauer are all looking to return from the disabled list with enough time to round into form. Jose Ramirez and Jason Kipnis need to become acclimated to second base and center field, respectively. There is plenty for the Indians to sort out for the next month.

3. But for many others, it’s mostly a waiting game. There is enough time left in the regular season that, at least to a certain extent, any slump or hot streak might not be as notable as normal. A month is a long time. Baseball is a game built on timing and rhythm. Even the few days between the end of the regular season and Game 1 of the ALDS might be enough to reverse a recent a trend. Add a month of regular season games with little intensity? It doesn’t make for a time to panic or celebrate too much beyond normal.

4. That in a way correlates to Jose Ramirez and Francisco Lindor, the Indians’ two MVP candidates who both have seen a dip in their recent numbers. Ramirez has been drawing walks at a solid rate but is 6-for-38 over his last 11 games with only one multi-hit game. Since his four-hit game against Minnesota, Lindor is 4-for-24 in his last six games and said on Monday that his energy hasn’t quite been the same.

5. “I think our energy is down. Don’t know why,” Lindor said. “I, personally, my energy is down. I guess it’s something I have to get better at and help my team day in and day out. … It’s frustrating but we’ll be fine. It’s just that point of the season like, late August, early September when guys are dragging their feet a little bit now. I’m dragging my feet a little bit. It’s not that we’re tired, it’s just that point of the season, you know? But We gotta go back to playing the Tribe way, we got to go back to not taking anything for granted and we’ll be fine.”

6. When asked, Lindor said that no, he doesn’t need a day off for rest. A lack of energy of urgency isn’t necessarily tied to needing a day off from work. But that is one of the other aspects that manager Terry Francona has to monitor over the next month, particularly near the end of September. He’ll want to allow Ramirez and Lindor some rest, but not enough that it might knock them off their normal rhythms. Timing is too much of an issue in baseball to disregard it completely in the name of playing it safe.

7. “I think we try to keep our antenna up pretty good about when guys need it, like Edwin [Encarnacion on Sunday],” Francona said when asked about the plan for rest for Ramirez and Lindor. “We also don’t want to get in the way. They’re working hard now to get back to where they feel good, because they’ve both kind of gone through a lull. So they’re fighting to kind of get that feeling again. We’ll do what we think is right. Like I said, I don’t know two weeks ahead of time, that’s hard to say. We’ll just do what we always do, we’ll talk to our guys, and we always try to do what is right for them.”

8. Anything that happens in a game for next couple of weeks might not carry as much importance if it doesn’t affect the bigger picture of competing for a World Series in the postseason. The Indians’ line for a successful postseason is nothing short of winning it all after coming so close in 2016. Meanwhile, the lackluster nature of the AL Central has afforded the Indians the ability, to a greater extent, act with a longer-term view in mind as the season drags on. At this point, it’s all about being ready for Oct. 5 and Game 1.

9. Lindor did slug his 30th home run of the season in Monday’s game, a ninth-inning solo shot that ended up carrying more importance after the Indians rallied to load the bases and bring the tying run to the plate, only for Yandy Diaz to ground into a game-ending 4-6-3 double play. With that home run, Lindor and Ramirez became the first pair of switch-hitting teammates in major-league history to each belt at least 30 home runs in a season. Lindor also became the first player in Indians history to reach 40 doubles, 30 home runs and 20 stolen bases in a single season.

10.“Josey became a power hitter. I just became a lucky power hitter,” Lindor said. "It’s just consistency. Josey hit 29 last year, I hit 33. I guess he got tired of doubles and started hitting home runs instead.”