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…