It’s always bleakest before it gets bleak.

MIA: Marcus Semien’s bat is missing in action, going 5-for-his-last-49.

Overlooked in the struggles of Adolis Garcia, and Nathanial Lowe, and Jonah Heim, and Leody Taveras, and Travis Jankowski, and Robbie Grossman, and Wyatt Langford is the fact that Marcus Semien is having a rough go of it.

His batting average and on-base percentage are near career lows at .241/.303. His OPS is .698, and his OPS+ has plunged from 126 last year to 99 this year.

Marcus Semien doesn’t even deserve an All-Star team slot. He’s hitting .151 over his last two weeks, with an anemic .151 OBP, no home runs, and only seven RBIs. His power has disappeared, along with his ability to hit the ball. 

When you have that little production from your leadoff slot, you are starting with an out every game. It’s hard to crawl of that hole. 

And, now that Corey Seager is down after being hit on the wrist in last night’s game (x-rays were negative, thankfully, but he will sit out a bit for precautionary reasons), now the only Rangers in the lineup capable of generating a hit is Josh Smith.

The Rangers go into today’s game against the Orioles with a one-man lineup, a starter who is 2-9, a six-game losing streak, the possibility of going 0-7 on this current road trip, and Marcus Semien mired in one of the worst slumps of his career.

It’s a great day to be a Rangers fan.