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Mariners play 1,000th game at Safeco Field

The Sports Xchange
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The Mariners played their 1,000th game in Safeco Field Friday night, a 4-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox.

And if there's one thing that history has shown, it is that the first half of those 1,000 Safeco Field games were a lot more fun than the most recent 500.

Seattle went 282-212 in the first 500 Safeco Field games, which included four consecutive seasons of at least 47 home wins from 2000-2003, including a club-record 57 Safeco wins as part of the Mariners' American League record 116 wins in 2001. Seattle's record in the last 500 games at Safeco Field is 263-237.

The Mariners have won as many as 47 home games just twice in the last six seasons, however, and at 32-33 after Friday's loss, it seems unlikely in the extreme that Seattle will get to that level this year.

The Mariners would have to win 15 of their final 19 home games to get that done, and nothing Seattle has done this year suggests that as being a real possibility.

Much of the problem is that the Mariners of 2011 are a different offensive team at home as opposed to on the road. Seattle has a .226 home average and a .245 road average. What's worse, the team is averaging half a run per game less (3.73 runs per game on the road and 3.25 runs per game at home).

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