In a time where the Red Sox have been scuffling, especially offensively, the Sox have been forced into scrapping for runs and relying on their absurd rotation to go out and eat up innings. The pitching, for the most part, has kept up to their end of the bargain, pitching pretty well in each of the last 4 games. It's the offense that's the problem. In the last 4 games, Boston has scored 5 runs, 2 runs, 1 run, and 1 run; and in that span, they're missing out on many chances to score.
Hanley Ramirez has been a huge part of this skid the Sox are in. This June, Ramirez is hitting a horrendous .179 with 1 home run and 8 RBI, and while he's been serviceable at first base, he's been a total joke at the plate. Many complain about how bad Vasquez has been hitting, when it's Ramirez that's the problem. Hanley still sits with a .265 season average, but the power is way down, just 5 homers for Ramirez in 2016.
But as of late, Ramirez has looked lost/like he doesn't care at the plate. He's fouling a lot of pitches he usually hammers, to the screen; if he's even swinging at all. He just doesn't seem to be as angry with himself for not producing as he was in his .300+ May.
So an obvious solution is to bench him.
Travis Shaw is a very solid first baseman, better than Ramirez, and he has recently looked like he's busted out of his long slump and, barring any setbacks, Brock Holt is looking like he'll be back within a week or two. Holt was very solid at third last year when Sandoval was out, so he can play third. In the meantime, rookie Marco Hernandez can play third.
The point is, the Sox have made it crystal clear that they aren't letting salary dictate their lineup, so why have Hanley continue to stink it up when he doesn't care? Maybe a day or two off will benefit him and he will realize that he won't play if he doesn't turn it around soon.
Additionally, it looks as if the Red Sox aren't fooling around anymore, either. In tonight's matchup against the White Sox, Hanley has been pushed down to the seven spot in the lineup.