In what was the biggest win to the Philadelphia Phillies this year, Bryce Harper blasted a grand slam for a walk-off win from the Cubs on Thursday night. The bases were loaded with 2 outs and the stage was set for Bryce to be the protagonist. This was no doubter after it left his bat along with all of the Cubs can do is observe still another winnable game late in innings enter the toilet.
Pedro Strop was triggered in the IL to let him break after a rough stretch. Last evening it had been exactly the very exact same as prior for Strop. He allowed two earned runs without recording an out, then left Derek Holland in a difficult situation. I really don’t understand how many more discounted games the Cubs will get away with and still go to the postseason.
With the win, the Phillies dealt the Cubs a sweep from that three-game series. That’s what the Phillies needed to create some momentum. Going into that series, the Phillies have been 1-5 in their past six matches. Butif they follow the success they had against the Cubs having a dud, then the frustration is going to start all over again for the Phillies. It has been that sort of year for them, but the best sign to these is that Bryce Harper appears to be finding his stroke today. That is bad news for everyone else who is at the National League wildcard search.
The Phillies remain home over the weekend, as they advised the Padres to Citizens Bank Park for a three-game series. Philadelphia will soon be traveling in Boston and Miami following this weekend. Vince Velasquez will get the starting call to the Phillies, although Chris Paddack is anticipated for the visiting Padres on Friday night. Head below for our complimentary Padres vs. Phillies pick.
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Chris Paddack was just what the Padres were searching for this particular year. Unfortunately, it isn’t the one thing which the Padres had to get over the hump and be a postseason team. With little depth on their pitching staff along with a hot and cold offense, the Padres have not been in a position to sniff the very top of the NL West. Playing in the same branch as the Dodgers has something to do with this, but does a listing of 56-64. The wildcard was up for grabs and the Padres faded off while others began to play better baseball.
Paddack enters Philadelphia with the ERA of 3.26 and also 0.93 WHIP. That’s fantastic for any pitcher and exceptional for a rookie. He has made just 20 begins in his major league career, but Paddack picked this up pretty quickly. Together with 9 runs allowed in his last 10 innings, I’d say he has seen better times, though. Paddack goes to this one with a 5.87 ERA along with 1.17 WHIP in his previous three outings.
Also remember he hasn’t been so great on the street. He owns 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 among the most pitcher friendly parks in baseball. There he has allowed just 6 home runs. But on the street that amount doubles to 12 extended chunks yielded. The Phillies are hitting on .308 from 26 at-bats from Paddack. Bryce Harper is hitting against .667 into one match against him.
Oddly, the Padres have listed only 2 hits against Vince Velasquez. In 24 at-bats, the Padres are hitting against 0.83 without a runs performed on him. He was prominent at a 5-0 win over the Padres last year. Velasquez was pitching well recently as well. In his past four outings, he hasn’t allowed more than 4 runs and gave up over 2 runs only once. With momentum and an excited home crowd in both sides, expect the Phillies to notch a win in the series opener from the Padres.