On the eve of Game 4 of the National League division series between the Cardinals and Nationals, a member of the Cards clubhouse was presented with a scenario: Winning Game 4 would be a break because it allowed the Cardinals to setup their ideal pitching rotation for the NL championship series.

The Cardinal shook his head. He had another scenario in mind.

"It means we avoid Gio," he said. "He's tough."

He certainly has been against the Cardinals.

Washington Nationals ace-1A Gio Gonzalez was acquired this past winter from Oakland, and his experience against the lineup he'll face tonight with a trip to the NLCS in the balance is minimal. So is the Cardinals' success against the lefty. As a roster, the Cardinals have hit .130 (6-for-46) with a .281 on-base percentage and a .152 slugging percentage. That includes his Game 1 start in this series, and that explains why the OBP is higher.

The Cardinals have one extra-base hit against Gonzalez -- a double by Yadier Molina -- but they had their chances in Game 1.

Gonzalez walked seven Cardinals, but allowed only one hit.

The Cardinals had six plate appearances with runners in scoring position and did not get a hit in any of them. The two runs they scored on Gonzalez came on a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly.