The Padres' season could be on the line here. So who do the Padres call upon? Vince Velasquez. Ouch!
That's the best the Padres could do was go to the junkyard to pick up Velasquez and his 5.95 ERA following injuries to Blake Snell and Chris Paddack.
Velasquez faces a hot Cardinals team that has won seven of eight, including the last five. Miles Mikolas, who was outstanding last season, gets the start for St. Louis. He's rounding into shape after being out several months due to a forearm injury. The Cardinals have a rested bullpen after being idle on Thursday.
San Diego has lost 11 of the last 13 times it has been a road 'dog.