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Commentary: M’s stingy mound staff creating own dead-ball era

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Lloyd McClendon made the proclamation just two weeks into spring training.

“I think we have shutdown pitching,” the first-year Mariners manager said in early March.

Five months later, his prophecy fulfilled, McClendon knows better than even to joke about how right he was.

“I can’t say I knew we’d be this good,” McClendon said, grinning. “This is historical.”

The Mariners don’t just have the best team earned-run average in the majors, a special feat for an American League team facing…

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