Gio Gonzalez has never been in this situation before. In his five years in the major leagues, he has yet to reach the postseason until now. On Sunday afternoon, Nationals Manager Davey Johnson will hand him the ball to start Game 1 of the National League Division Series as the team's top starter. The shivering he displayed on Saturday wasn't because of nervousness about it, but because the chilly temperatures in St. Louis were unsettling for the Florida native.

"I'm trembling right now," said Gonzalez, pulling his arms to his stomach and hoping the weather would stick to the forecast of highs in the 60s and sun for Sunday.

Not only will Gonzalez have to contend with a new situation on the mound, he'll be doing so on prolonged rest. He last pitched on Sept. 27, with eight days of rest before Sunday's start. His projected last start of the season on Tuesday was skipped out of fear of getting short rest if the Nationals were to play on Saturday. He was anxious to throw again, not wanting to give up Tuesday's start but he was honored to be trusted as the Nationals' No. 1 starter. He threw a bullpen session in between to stay sharp.