Can’t get much more dramatic than this!

With one month to go in the 2010 I-75 League season, multiple dramatic finishes are poised to unfold:

* The North Division championship has Springfield and Tropical in a dead Heat at the 140-game pole, each with 78 wins. With Hickory managing just eight wins in August, the Isotopes and Heat have once again leap-frogged the Nuts to lead by three games with 20 to go.

* The South Division race also has a three-game spread, with Savannah  putting a little bit of breathing room between itself and Wisconsin, as the Scorpions posted 13 wins to the Warhawks’ 11 in August.

* There’s also drama for the third playoff spot in the South, where  a 10-win month for South Grand Prairie was enough for the Warriors to slip past a back-sliding Detroit team, which posted just eight wins against a brutal schedule. SGP leads Detroit by one game.

* And finally, while Bushwood appears to have a lock on the No. 1 draft pick for 2011, there’s quite a jumble in the bid for Numbers 2-5, with the Detroit-SGP loser, Applegate, Bismarck and now Superior all jockeying for position.

Of course, with players running out of at-bats and innings, and rosters expanding to their full capacity, sprinkled in with fully intradivisional play, anything in possible in the final month.

Vegas oddsmakers have installed the Isotopes as 6:5 favorites to emerge in the North. Springfield plays two teams with winning records in October and gets to face Tropical at home. Tropical on the other hand plays three teams with winning records, and has to hit the road to play both Hickory and Springfield.

Savannah only faces one winning team down the stretch, and that team is Wisconsin, and the Scorpions get that series at home. The third-place showdown in this division could come down to the final game: Detroit’s schedule includes just Wisconsin at home among opponents who are plus-.500; South Grand Prairie must play both Wisconsin (road) and Savannah (home) but also gets home-field advantage in a series with Detroit.

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  1. The Gophers, hoping to mount an October charge and perhaps catch the Nuts in the race for the final playoff spot in the Northbound, are charging in the wrong direction so far.

    Trailing the Nuts by four games in the standings, the Gophers started the month in Bismarck by dropping the first two games of a series vs. the Bombers. But the Gophers suddenly came alive and won three in a row to kindle some hope.

    Alas, the Nuts paid a visit to Bushwood yesterday and convincingly swept a doubleheader to douse the flames.

    As it now stands, Bushwood needs a minor miracle to catch the Nuts and finish third. The Gophers are 74-73, while the Nuts are 80-67 (I think).

    Making matters worse, Bushwood must still face division front-runners Tropical and Springfield this month.

    Can the Gophers pull off a miracle 11-2 finish and sneak into the playoffs against these three tough foes? Signs point to no.

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