Colorado Rockies morning after: The one question we are asking today

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Raimel Tapia #7; Gerardo Parra #8 and Carlos Gonzalez #5 of the Colorado Rockies leap in the air after the final out of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on September 10, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Raimel Tapia #7; Gerardo Parra #8 and Carlos Gonzalez #5 of the Colorado Rockies leap in the air after the final out of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on September 10, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /
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There can only be one question asked after the Colorado Rockies finished off their first four-game sweep at Chavez Ravine since 1993 on Sunday with a dominating 8-1 decision over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

It’s a fair question to ask. After all, what more can the Rockies do as the end of the regular season nears than take four consecutive games from the team many bill as the best team in Major League Baseball? Sure, the Dodgers are resembling Hurricane Irma over the middle of Florida (dangerous but lacking the punch it had earlier in its life cycle) but the Rockies went into southern California and made a loud and powerful statement over the past four days.

And it’s a good thing they did. With the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers winning their games all weekend, the Rockies had to take care of business against the Dodgers to maintain their three-game Wild Card lead. They did just that, both at the plate and on the mound.

Different heroes took their turns shining for the Rockies. Trevor Story, Mark Reynolds, Raimel Tapia, Tyler Chatwood, Scott Oberg and so on and so on and so on. Each of them (and many other names dotting the Colorado roster) had their moments against the Dodgers and they all equaled some of the biggest and most important wins the Rockies have registered this season.

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With 19 games left in the regular season, the Rockies seem to be hitting their stride at just the right time. Of course, four games in the desert with the Diamondbacks now await Colorado as this tough eight-game road trip through the top two teams in the National League West continues. Will Colorado return Arizona’s favor from last week when the Diamondbacks came into Coors Field and swept the Rockies? Oh the possibilities.

This is not only an important series between two division rivals at the end of the regular season. It’s also the last time these two teams will face each other before they presumably meet in the Wild Card round on October 4.

Arizona and Colorado have been the two hottest teams in the National League West in recent games. Now they meet with the Rockies having the chance to gain some ground on the Diamondbacks in the quest to host the Wild Card.

Next: Comparing Colorado's remaining schedule to the other Wild Card contenders

Nineteen regular-season games to go, beginning Monday night at Chase Field.

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