Indians Playoff Ready, Wrap Up Regular Season with 2-1 Win Over KC; Three Takeaways

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The regular season is finally over, and the Indians can finally catch their breath as they get set now for the second season, the MLB Posteason, which will kick off Friday in Houston.

The Tribe ended their final series with a series split against the Royals in Kansas City, ending the year with a 2-1 win Sunday afternoon.

The game was highlighted by the pitching performances of starter Carlos Carrasco, and Trevor Bauer, who came out of the pen to throw four innings and earn a save, not allowing a run.

The regular season for the Indians ends at 91-71, and now the team will have a few days off as they watch the wild card games, and then they will travel to Houston for games one and two with the Astros.

Here's three takeaways from the season finale Sunday, as the team wraps up their regular season road record over .500 at 42-39.

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1. Carrasco's Last Start Before the Playoffs

You couldn't ask for much more from Indians starter Carlos Carrasco, who will start game two of the ALDS in Houston against the Astros on Saturday.

Carrasco went five innings, allowing just one run on three hits with two walks and six K's. He threw 77 pitches in the game, 49 of which were strikes.

The Indians number two starter wraps up 2018 in terms of the regular season with a mark of 17-10 with a 3.38 ERA. He was impressive and looks like he's ready for the playoffs.

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2. Bauer (in Relief) Power

Trevor Bauer looks healthy and also ready for the postseason, as he threw the final four innings of the 2-1 win for the Indians, allowing two hits, no walks and two K's in earning his first MLB save.

Bauer looked sharp in throwing 51 pitches, 30 of which were strikes, and looked a lot like the guy that made the All-Star team this year for the American League.

Now that he appears to be pretty darn close to 100 percent, it will be an interesting decision by the coaching staff if it's going to be Bauer in game three against the Astros, or if it's going to be Mike Clevinger.

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3. Lindor Leads the 'O'

The Indians offense only put up a pair of runs on six hits, and were led by Francisco Lindor, who scored on an error in the first inning, and then hit his 38th HR of the season in the 3rd.

He ends the season with excellent numbers, hitting .277 with 38 homers and 92 runs batted in.

Last season the struggles that he and Jose Ramirez had were big reasons the team didn't get out of the ALDS. He and Ramirez put up historic numbers this season, and now we will see starting Friday if they can translate to the postseason.