In what was the biggest win for the Philadelphia Phillies this year, Bryce Harper blasted a grand slam for a walk-off win against the Cubs on Thursday night. The bases were loaded with 2 outs and the stage was set for Bryce to be the protagonist. It was no doubter after it left his bat and all the Cubs could do is watch yet another winnable game late in innings enter the toilet. Pedro Strop was triggered from the IL to allow him rest after having a rough stretch. Last night it had been the exact same as previously for Strop. He allowed 2 earned runs without recording an out, then left Derek Holland at a difficult situation. I don’t know how many more discounted games the Cubs could get away with and still go to the postseason. With the win, the Phillies dealt the Cubs a sweep at that three-game series. That’s exactly what the Phillies needed to generate some much needed momentum. Going within that show, the Phillies have been 1-5 in their past six games. But, if they follow up the success they had against the Cubs having a dud, then the frustration will start all over again to the Phillies. It has been that kind of year to get them, but the ideal sign for these is that Bryce Harper appears to be finding his stroke now. That is bad news for everybody else who is at the National League wildcard hunt. The Phillies remain home over the weekend, because they welcome the Padres to Citizens Bank Park to get a three-game series. Philadelphia will be traveling in Boston and Miami following this weekend. Vince Velasquez will find the starting call to the Phillies, while Chris Paddack is expected for the visiting Padres on Friday night. Head below for our complimentary Padres vs. Phillies pick. Betting odds supplied by bovada.lv Chris Paddack was exactly what the Padres were searching for this year. Regrettably, it isn’t the one thing which the Padres needed to get over the hump and become a postseason team. With little depth on their pitching staff and a cold and hot offense, the Padres have not been in a position to sniff the very top of the NL West. Playing in the identical branch as the Dodgers has got something to do with this, but so does a list of 56-64. The wildcard has been around for grabs and the Padres faded off while some began to play baseball. Paddack enters Philadelphia having an ERA of 3.26 and 0.93 WHIP. That’s excellent for any pitcher and unique for a beginner. He has made only 20 starts in his major league career, but Paddack picked this up pretty fast. Together with 9 runs allowed in his previous 10 innings, I would say he has seen much better times, however. Paddack goes to this individual with a 5.87 ERA along with 1.17 WHIP in his previous three outings. Also remember he has not been so great on the street. He possesses a 3.95 ERA in 57 innings as a visitor. It’s easy to discern the reason why this is occurring for Paddack. Petco Park is one of the most pitcher friendly parks . There he has allowed just 6 home runs. However, on the road that amount doubles to 12 long chunks yielded. The Phillies are hitting on .308 in 26 at-bats from Paddack. Bryce Harper is hitting on .667 into 1 game against him. Unexpectedly, the Padres have recorded only 2 hits against Vince Velasquez. In 24 at-bats, the Padres are hitting against 0.83 without a runs performed on him. He had been dominant in a 5-0 win over the Padres last season. Velasquez has been pitching well recently also. In his past four outings, he has not allowed more than 4 runs and gave up more than two runs just once. With momentum and an excited home crowd in their side, expect the Phillies to notch a win in the series opener against the Padres.