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Michael Pineda Is Pretty Much Guaranteed A Roster Spot Now

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I wasn't around to follow the game, and Gameday's barely telling me anything, so I can't offer you much in the way of real insight.

What I will say, though, while I have a quick moment, is that if there was any chance of the Mariners sending Michael Pineda back to Tacoma to start the season - any chance at all, really - that's out the window now after Pineda blanked the Brewers for six innings. Pineda has done everything the team has asked of him while Luke French is fresh off a bad game, and there's just no way the M's aren't going to do what they've wanted to do all along. They have an idea, and Pineda hasn't done anything to make them change their minds.

So whether this news makes you happy, sad, or somewhere in between, it's time to get used to it. No, Pineda obviously isn't a finished product. He walked Prince Fielder both times they met this afternoon, and we've all made note of the areas where he needs to improve. But even if Pineda does go on to struggle against lefties at first, he should be just fine against righties, and the overall package should be a guy who's occasionally frustrating but often electric. Pineda will have success, even if it isn't quite the level of success he'll eventually be capable of.

Right or wrong, the Mariners are going to start the 22-year-old Pineda in Seattle. While I have my concerns, there's no question that this is a very, very exciting thing. I can't wait to watch him, and I hope he kicks ass.