Hanley Ramirez

Hanley Ramirez still believes Red Sox 'can shock some people'

Rob Bradford
August 20, 2015 - 10:41 pm

The Angels lost! It wouldn't seem important that Los Angeles dropped an 8-2 decision to the White Sox Thursday night. But, if you're in the same mindset at what Hanley Ramirez professed to be after his team's victory over Kansas City, allowing the Red Sox to gain a game in the wild card standings actually meant something. Despite the Red Sox sitting at 55-66 and eight games out of the wild card, with eight teams standing in their way, Ramirez remains a believer. "I never worry about myself, I worry about the team," Ramirez said. "I'€™m just looking forward to seeing what we'€™re going to do. Not just me, as a team. Keep the momentum into next year. And anything can happen. The season'€™s not over. This is baseball. Anything can happen, so we have to keep playing. We can shock some people. Season'€™s not over." Ramirez, who spent Thursday's pre-game working on his left field defense with outfield coach Arnie Beyeler, has joined the rest of the Red Sox in an uneasy existence. While he insists the focus is on going on the Sox going on some sort of run, currently riding just the sixth three-game win streak of the season, Ramirez is also trying to thrive during this Dave Dombrowski evaluation period. "I've never been in this situation, so we just try and control what we can control," he said. "Go out there and compete every day and everything else is going to take care of itself." Individually, Ramirez would need an uptick both offensively and defensively to garner the kind of optimism he's seeking. While much attention has been put on the outfielder's play in left field, his offensive struggles have led to some uneasiness in the Red Sox' organization. Ramirez is hitting just .259 with an OPS of .742. The righty hitter hasn't hit a home run since July 11, making it 24 games he's played in since going deep. During that stretch Ramirez has totaled a .211 batting average and .492 OPS. There has been some thought that his lingering shoulder injury was the cause for the lack of punch. But, according to Ramirez, a better explanation for the struggles resides with the bruised left hand suffered on June 24. "Not really," he said when asked if the banged up shoulder had curtailed his production. "It's more my hand form the line-drive. "I was out for nine days, so it's just finding my timing. I have to try and see more pitches to get my timing back and get going."