Minnesota Twins: 3 questions for their series against the Chicago White Sox

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CLEVELAND, OHIO - SEPTEMBER 14: Miguel Sano #22 of the Minnesota Twins celebrates after the Twins defeated the Cleveland Indians in the second game of a double header at Progressive Field on September 14, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OHIO - SEPTEMBER 14: Miguel Sano #22 of the Minnesota Twins celebrates after the Twins defeated the Cleveland Indians in the second game of a double header at Progressive Field on September 14, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /
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DETROIT, MI – SEPTEMBER 2: Nelson Cruz #23 of the Minnesota Twins gestures after he was denied access to pine tar for his bat by home plate umpire Paul Neuert during his fifth inning at-bat at Comerica Park on September 2, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI – SEPTEMBER 2: Nelson Cruz #23 of the Minnesota Twins gestures after he was denied access to pine tar for his bat by home plate umpire Paul Neuert during his fifth inning at-bat at Comerica Park on September 2, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images) /

Can the Twins win while trying to get healthy?

The biggest challenge of the White Sox series is trying to get closer to winning the American League Central but also managing the injuries of several players that are banged up. As mentioned earlier, Cruz and Kepler headline the list of the wounded, but others such as C.J. Cron, who is dealing with a thumb injury and Miguel Sano, who played with a sore back this weekend, could also need an extra day or two off to get right.

At times, manager Rocco Baldelli has opted to err on the side of caution as opposed to winning games down the stretch. With a 4 1/2 game lead in the division, but sitting over seven games between the Houston Astros and New York Yankees for home-field advantage in the ALDS, this is a luxury that the Twins can afford between now and a potential postseason performance.

In this series, the White Sox will throw a pair of pitchers the Twins have had success against in Reynaldo Lopez (0-2, 10.24 ERA vs. Twins in 2019) and Dylan Covey (0-2, 13.50 ERA), which should allow Baldelli to get by with his B-lineup.

Although they will also have to face off against ace Lucas Giolito, who pitched a three-hit complete game with 12 strikeouts against the Twins on Aug. 21, there should be enough for the Twins to take advantage of.

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