Here are 14 Walk-Off Thoughts after the Indians' 7-6 loss to the New York Yankees on Sunday.

1. On the field, the Indians entered this past week of games staring at the possibly that, with a weak showing, could potentially tip the scales toward the team entering the trade deadline as sellers. A worst-case scenario in a three-game series with the Minnesota Twins could have gone a long way toward fueling the perception that the American League Central race is all but over.

2. Follow that up with a potential worst-case scenario against the Yankees, and even though it's not even the middle of June and the All-Star Game in Cleveland is still a month away, the Indians might have found themselves on the outside looking in with little in the way of answers of how to right the ship enough to overcome such significant deficits.

3. Off the field, the Indians began this week with a team meeting on Tuesday in which they discussed how Carlos Carrasco had been diagnosed with a blood condition and would be stepping away from baseball activities as he weighs treatment options. As Jordan Luplow eloquently put it Wednesday night, it was a somber reminder of the more important things in life, and how baseball at the end of the day is just baseball. The Indians don't know when Carrasco will return to the team, and they support his taking the team he needs. Shane Bieber, Trevor Bauer and others also discussed the energy in the clubhouse and the team's reaction to Carrasco.

4. The Indians came away from this six-game stretch with a 4-2 record and winning both series. In terms of the standings, they didn't exactly make up any ground. They're still 10.5 games out of the AL Central, and it would likely take some serious faltering on the Twins' part — in addition to the Indians fixing many of their own issues — to close that gap by the end of September. In the Wild Card race, the Indians remain 1.5 games back of the Texas Rangers for the second spot. The Boston Red Sox are also ahead of them, and the Oakland A's are only a half game back of the Tribe. The Indians are in the thick of that race, but even that one seems to leave the Indians on a treadmill with a steep incline considering the Red Sox, especially, have overcome their disastrous start and are playing better.

5. But if anything, the Indians played well enough this week to keep the front office in a potential state of limbo. Nothing was going to be won in one week of baseball. But considering the Indians' trends, their spot in the standings, the time of year and their goal to look toward the future, there was much to lose.

6. "One, I think our game is a little bit unique in that that chatter is fun for fans, probably more so in our game than in other sports," manager Terry Francona said when asked about the rumors that swirl and the potential decisions within the front office. "Maybe I’m wrong. They have the Hot Stove League in the winter. You don’t hear that in other sports. People like to talk about it. With the way the Wild Card is now, it has put general managers and probably ownership in very difficult situations. That’s honest. I’m gonna get an opinion. I’m glad I don’t have final say, because that is very difficult. The one thing I would say is, as a manager or coach, we want to win today. As a general manager or a president, they have to be a caretaker. And I understand that. And I think they have a very good understanding of that."

7. The Indians had a better showing over the past week but still remain rife with question marks. Corey Kluber is slated to be re-evaluated at some point in the next week. As of now, the team doesn't know exactly when he or Carrasco might return. Though, Mike Clevinger nearing his return and Zach Plesac's terrific early showing help in that regard. And, Trevor Bauer figuring out his woes continues to be a key element.

8. Offensively, the Indians finally had the kind of uptick in pop for which they've been searching, and it came at the right time. Roberto Perez suddenly transformed into one of the best hitters in baseball for a four-game stretch and Francisco Lindor and Carlos Santana have maintained their strong first halves to the season. The Indians took two of three from both the Twins and Yankees, which included a four-run comeback against the Twins and on Sunday, a five-run comeback against the Yankees, though the latter ended with an extra-innings loss.

9. Still, the key element was that after losing so many games because they were punched in the mouth early and lacked the muscle to respond, the Indians for a short time were able to punch back. The Indians have a lot working against them. For the past week, at least, they were able to do enough to stave off some difficult decisions.

10. "So far this home stand we showed who we truly are in terms of hitting the ball hard," said Jake Bauers, who had a rough week but connected for a game-tying home run on Sunday. "We’ve got a lot of guys hitting the ball hard. Bottom line you’ve gotta score runs. That’s what we’ve been doing this past week. Obviously today didn’t work out, but we’ve got two more."

11. “Yeah, I was actually really proud of the way they competed today," Francona added. "That’s a tough, it’s a tough way to start the day and then knowing what’s sitting out there ready to come in. And I’ll be damned, we ... we’ll win that game sometimes. We had a runner on third base. That was a heck of a game. There was a lot going on.”

12. Bieber's outing on Sunday was a strong example of how a seemingly positive outing/inning can unravel in a manner of minutes. Bieber retired the first five batters he faced with ease, four of them coming on strikeouts. He was cruising through the lineup. Then the wheels fell off. A single to Clint Frazier extended the inning. A home run by Brett Gardner made it hurt. Then a walk. Then a mount visit to try to limit the damage. Bieber then couldn't recover on a ball hit to him which resulted in an infield single. Then another single. A wild pitch. A walk. And a two-run double to send him to the showers. In about 13 minutes, Bieber went from starting the outing on a terrific note to tying the shortest start of his career.

13. "I don't really know [what changed]," Bieber said. "Not a whole lot. I felt like I obviously could got two quick outs in that second inning and then things just kind of started to unravel. Thought I had plenty of opportunities to get myself out of that inning and just couldn't capitalize on them. I couldn't finish that play, that comebacker back to me and the chopper up the middle and then things unraveled. Can't say enough about the fight we had today. Really proud of this group of guys for picking me up. It's obviously a less-than-ideal start and the bullpen picked us up big time, and the offense and defense put up some runs and fought back real good today. Proud of the guys. Just dug too deep of a hole."

14. “He looked so good and then he got two quick outs and then there was the single and the homer and it just seemed to go south," Francona said. "All of a sudden everything, ya know, breaking ball’s out of the zone and he wasn’t commanding. I’ve never seen it go that quick with him like that before.”

Ryan Lewis can be reached at rlewis@thebeaconjournal.com. Read the Indians blog at www.ohio.com/indians. Follow him on Twitter at @ByRyanLewis.