New additions giving Giants newfound speed

New additions giving Giants newfound speed

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy has a new toy in his lineup this season -- speed.

Heading into Sunday's game against the Rangers, the Giants had a Major League-best 23 triples, one shy of last year's total of 24. The club has combined for 45 stolen bases, good for sixth in the Majors and third in the National League.

Offseason additions of Angel Pagan, Gregor Blanco, Ryan Theriot and Melky Cabrera have paid off on the basepaths for the Giants, who have historically lacked team speed. Last season, the team ranked 24th in the Majors with 85 stolen bases.

"It's a lot of fun," Bochy said. "It's nice to have that dimension. We didn't have that last year. We talked about how having speed makes our offense more consistent, and it has been."

The Giants have speed beyond the first two hitters in the lineup, as No. 3 hitter Cabrera leads the league with seven triples and has 10 stolen bases, while No. 5 hitter Pagan is leading the team with 12 stolen bases.

"It hasn't just been one guy, but really throughout the lineup," Bochy said. "We've added more speed and it's made us better."