NOT: WRONGS OF SPRING
Tommy Johns and DUIs—must be spring training! Ryan Madson (Reds), Sergio Escalona (Astros) and Joakim Soria (Royals, below) are done for 2012. Also: Bobby Jenks (Red Sox), Matt Bush (Rays) and Alex White (Rockies) were all busted in March.
HOT: TEAGUE PARTY
Hawks PG Jeff Teague has 13.6 ppg over his last six outings, including 17 last Friday at home against the Nets, after which he crossed the street and watched from the stands as younger sib Marquis poured in 14 in Kentucky's Sweet 16 win over Indiana.
Negating a last-ditch playoff run of five straight wins, Calgary has now lost five in a row and been outscored 14--6 during the skid, likely busting the team's bubble for a third straight season. Assessed captain Jerome Iginla, "Our chances are slim."
HOT: BULLISH IN CHICAGO
Everything's coming up roses in Chicago—even with Derrick out. By topping Toronto last Saturday, the Bulls became the first team to clinch a playoff berth. It's the first time post-MJ that they have 40 wins in 50 games.
NOT: WHERE'S UBALDO?
Indians ace Ubaldo Jimenez—who two years ago started 15--1 with the Rockies and has since gone on a 14--20 slump—has a 7.24 ERA this spring and is reportedly still steaming about his exit from Colorado, accusing brass of a lack of confidence.