Posted: Tuesday April 19, 2005 1:49PM; Updated: Tuesday April 19, 2005 3:38PM
What will it take for Wily Mo Pena to get a starting job? Pena has been a beast at the plate, slugging three home runs in 26 at-bats this season. Pena's monster 498-foot shot over the weekend was the second-longest in Great American Ball Park's three seasons. "He's patient," says Adam Dunn. "He comes in with a great attitude, to do the best for the team. I think he knows that his opportunity will come. But he's never complained or anything like that about the situation." Pena is huge in person -- at 6-foot-3, 245 pounds he's built like a defensive end -- and his power potential has been compared to Sammy Sosa's. Pena slugged 26 homers in 336 at-bats last season. Pena, who puts on the best show during B.P. this side of Barry Bonds, has been playing backup to Austin Kearns, who's hitting .206. and has struck out 12 times in 34 at-bats. ...
A confession: Saw Fever Pitch the other day. I think the most remarkable thing about the movie isn't that the Farrelly brothers successfully adapted Nick Hornby's soccer memoir, but that Jimmy Fallon was able to bounce back from that disaster, Taxi, a movie whose trailers alone should have killed several careers. The movie is good: Fallon and Drew Barrymore are well cast, the Fenway scenes are well-shot, and there are -- surprise! -- no overly-cheesy Red Sox cameos to speak of. While we're talking about movies, anyone out there watching that Bravo! show Project Greenlight? Forget The Amazing Race: this is the best reality show on TV. The show revolves around John Gulager as he makes his first movie, a horror film called Feast. Gulager, who basically tried to cast his entire family in the movie, is the most fascinating reality TV show star since Sarah from the Real World Philadelphia. The movie will be awful, for sure, but the show is must-see TV. Tune in.
TOP 10 PITCHING TRIOS
1. Marlins (Beckett-Burnett-Willis): The only issue with this troika is health.
2. Astros (Roy Oswalt-Roger Clemens-Andy Pettitte): Pettitte has looked better than expected. Too bad the offense can't score any runs.
3. Cubs (Carlos Zambrano-Kerry Wood-Mark Prior): Z's shaky start has been the Cubs' biggest early season disappointment.
4. Braves (Tim Hudson-John Smoltz-Mike Hampton): Horacio Ramirez is fast-emerging as a solid No. 3 starter.
5. Dodgers (Derek Lowe-Odalis Perez-Jeff Weaver): Off to a white-hot start, but can they keep it up?
6. Twins (Johan Santana-Brad Radke-Carlos Silva): Originally thought to be out for half the season, Silva should be back by the end of the month.
7. Red Sox (Curt Schilling-Matt Clement-David Wells): Not looking like a dominant staff so far in '05.
8. Yankees (Randy Johnson-Carl Pavano-Mike Mussina): Forget Mariano and the offense. The Boss' two biggest concerns should be Pavano and Mussina.
9. Phillies (Jon Lieber-Brett Myers-Randy Wolf): Myers looks like he's finally going to have his breakout season.
10. Padres (Jake Peavy-Woody Williams-Adam Eaton): NL West, beware: Peavy is nastier than ever.