Don't look now, but the incompetence of the rest of the lineup is having an effect on the reigning NL MVP. I have never seen this guy cheating so badly, swinging at pitches out of the strike zone, taking pitches in his wheel house and playing a zero sum guessing game with the pitcher, as he is doing right now.
Aside from putting a legit right handed slugger right behind him in the order, I cannot think of a better way to try and put this ABSOLUTELY MANDATORY superstar back on track than to sit him down and let him study a couple of ballgames at this point. Not an off-day, but a couple days to sit back and watch pitchers work.
The season is in the balance. The lack of production from Votto right now is an emergency situation calling for extreme measures.