The Atlanta Braves are headed into their first All-Star Game in seven years, and their first game since they were swept by the Boston Red Sox.
The Atlanta Braves (22-24) have won just one of their last 17 All-Stars games.
“I don’t think there’s ever been a better time to be a baseball player,” said Braves shortstop Nick Markakis.
There were plenty of players who thought the game would be an easy affair.
Markakis’ team lost the first game of the series last year when the Braves beat the New York Yankees 5-2.
After winning the first three games, Atlanta got swept by Boston on Sunday in a game that was decided in the sixth inning.
Boston had won seven of its last nine games when it was swept in the series.
With the loss, the Braves dropped to 10-23 on the year.
They were 1-6 in games decided by a run.
They’re 6-12 in games with a tie.