Many of us Astros fans have been wondering why Rick Ankiel is still getting consistent playing time. He strikes out a ton, doesn't make consistent contact, and other than the occasional homer hasn't done a whole lot offensively. What could possibly possess this team to keep him out there?
The Astros front office has been listening to the fans.
You may say, TCB reader, "I've been screaming to get young talent up! Ankiel is a pylon in the road of progress!" and you'd be right. But what you've forgotten is your displeasure over the league change. We're in the AL now, and as such we use a DH. but Jeff Luhnow is determined to have it both ways, and stick it to Bud Selig in a subtle and lasting way: keeping a pitcher in the batting order. Playing Ankiel somewhat regularly simulates the presence of the pitcher when you account for NL double switches and pinch hitters.
Think about it. It is the only rational explanation.