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Clint Hurdle still doesn't get it:

Brian Fuentes entered an 8-8 game and left with helium in his ERA, inflating from 2.56 to 3.94. For now, manager Clint Hurdle said he's inclined to stick with Fuentes as the closer if a save opportunity arises tonight, but everything is written in pencil these days.

Clint Hurdle does not want to think outside of the box. Brian Fuentes is the closer because he's the closer, but only because he's the closer. And because he's the closer, that must mean he's the best reliever to use in close or tie games. Really, does that make any sense? Because, you know, Fuentes clearly isn't the best reliever on the team. Taylor Buchholz must have been locked in a cage and the key thrown away.

More from that article:

"They are very well aware of where we are coming up short as a team," Hurdle said. "They need to continue to show up for one another, that's the challenge. And I've got to show up for them and help them."

Maybe not showing up for them will help them. Whatever that may or may not entail.

Patrick Saunders pretends he's Matt Holliday's thought processes, because we have this:

And Rockies management, which will have it's annual midseason state of the franchise review Wednesday, was left to ponder if there is any reason to wait until the All-Star break before actively shopping a handful of players, including Fuentes, Yorvit Torrealba, Willy Taveras, Matt Herges, and Matt Holliday or Garrett Atkins.

And as always, read Dave Krieger's latest column.