Speed … it shows up everywhere
Last week in Denver, I sat down with Padres general manager Kevin Towers to talk about a few things, things we’ll discuss here on the blog, on Twitter and I’m sure on the Facebook page in the coming weeks.
One of the things I asked Towers about was the element of speed and the upgrade in athleticism this team has over the 99-loss team of a year ago or, really, even the one that started the year in April.
I’m not just talking stolen bases here, though it’s worth noting that the Padres have more than twice as many stolen bases this season (79) than a year ago (36). But the speed shows up on defense — think Everth Cabrera ranging in the hole for a ball or Will Venable laying out for a ball — as well as taking an extra base on a throw home, etc.
Here’s a snippet from the story that can be found at Padres.com:
“To me, where speed really shows up is late in ballgames. The eighth
or ninth inning and you have a guy like (Everth) Cabrera gets on,” Towers said.
“It can change the whole game. It’s almost more dangerous than the one
“The speed guys are less prone to the strikeout. They put the
ball in play. They put a lot of pressure on the opposing team late in
What are your thoughts about the speed and athleticism of this team? Is this what you want to see. Is this the type of players the Padres need to have to have success at PETCO Park and beyond?