Someone stole Jobu's rum. That's the only answer to why the baseball gods can't be happy right now with the San Diego Padres, right?
You remember Jobu from the movie, "Major League," right? In the film, Pedro Cerrano reminded us that it was very bad to steal rum from Jobu ... very bad. Well, fast forward from 1989 and that must be what is happening with the Padres. How else can you explain a team that looks like a World Series contender one night and manages just four measly hits another?
Fernando Tatis Jr. leaned into the possible baseball gods theory after Friday's 2-1 home loss to the Chicago Cubs.
Somewhere out there, the baseball gods are indeed having fun with this year's Padres, something that can't be said for Padres fans who let San Diego know how they felt in the late innings of the loss on Friday with a smattering of boos, something that has become common as the days have gone by and the pressure has been turned up on this payroll-heavy team.
Those same baseball gods, however, haven't just made the bats go very cold (right, Cerrano?) but they have also taken away key pieces of the team with various injuries. That trend continued on Friday night with Rougned Odor suffering a left groin strain but still somehow making it to second base after being injured.
While we don't know the extent of Odor's injury just yet, we do know that he has slashed .289/.373/.578 over his last 15 games, being one of the few Padres who has consistently not only produced at the plate, but produced in the clutch as well.
Someone, please get Jobu his rum and put bat hats on the bats to keep them warm. San Diego's biggest task right now is to figure out how to appease the baseball gods before it's too late.