I agree that they pad it way too much; pure laziness at its finest. I wouldn't mind a slow pace if things were actually happening to grant that slowness. There is no doubt that the anime is worse all around compared to PokeSpe. I would much rather read PokeSpe and facepalm at the problems than suffer through the anime, but at the same time both still suffer from similar problems at times.
YamiiDenryuu provides a good point; PokeSpe's problems to tend to stick more since it's supposed to make sense and work as a story. I think PokeSpe's problem is that it's trying to be a epic plot rather than a epic story and it takes more than a plot to tell such a story.