I don't like seriousness too much, so something more frivolous to sit on top of the blog on the weekend:
In 2008 the Nats were shutout more times than any squad had been since 1978. That's pretty good. Since the strike it was 2 more than the '95 Cardinals and 4 more than anyone else. That may not seem like a lot but going from 17 to 21 is a 23% increase. So the Nats were pretty hideous.
If they keep their current pace they'll be shutout 26 times.
(they don't lead the league - the Padres do, but the Padres play in a stadium whose dimensions are 380-INF-532)
Of course they won't get shut out 26 times, Zimmerman will come back, Werth will start hitting....ummm ummm... well that should be enough to score a run most nights, but it's something fun to keep track of. Well, at least fun for me.
Since 2005 the Nats have been shutout 80 times
In 2005 the Nats lost 81 games and were shutout 11 times. That's not even that impressive though. Last year the Giants lost 70 games and 16 of them were shutouts.
The "best" year for the Nats shutout wise? 2009. Unsurprisingly their best offensive year in general.