The Minnesota Twins are on the doorstep of the American League Central title, but just as important is getting healthy during their series with the Chicago White Sox.
The Minnesota Twins came out of Progressive Field on a high note last weekend despite losing the final game of the three-game series with the Cleveland Indians. Even though they had to use their bullpen for their most critical series of the year, the Twins took two out of three games, reducing their magic number to clinch the first American League Central division to nine.
Looking at that, it might be easy for the Twins to go full bore over the next couple series and wrap up the division in order to get their key cogs some rest ahead of the postseason. The reality is that they simply can’t wait that long.
As the Twins head into a three-game series with the Chicago White Sox on Monday night, they also are dealt with the task of managing several injuries. Max Kepler (shoulder) and Nelson Cruz (wrist) are at the top of the list of players who could use some time off and with the Twins wrapping up their season against the White Sox, Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals (who have a combined record of 154-283) they can afford to get a jump start on that process.
In the end, these games are still important to the Twins as long as the Indians are not mathematically eliminated. Although this should be an easy series on paper, the White Sox can still mount a challenge after taking two of three games during their last visit to Minneapolis.