Phillies 0-fer Starters

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Freddy Galvis' seventh-inning double drove in the Phillies' first runs of Monday's game. (Matt Rourke/AP)

After an 0-for-12 start (with a walk and a sacrifice bunt also thrown in), Freddy Galvis finally got a hit Monday. And that can only mean one thing ... a Phillies World Championship is right around the corner.

Both the 1980 Phillies and the 2008 Phillies had participants in their World Series that had started their major league career as Phillies without a hit in at least their first 12 at-bats.

Lonnie Smith and Chris Coste had slow starts but both played in a World Series that brought a baseball title to the city.

By the way, Smith went on to hit .321 and Chris Coste batted .282 in their Phils' career.

Below are nine non-pitchers (since 1918) that started their major league career as Phillies and went hitless in at least their first 11 at-bats.

By the way, Don Carman (0-for-46) and Chris Short (0-for-43) have the longest hitless droughts among pitchers with that criteria.

And, of course, we couldn't have done this without the play index at baseball-reference.com. Thanks, guys!

  Debut 0-For  PHILLIES CAREER
Player (Pos.) Season       Start G H AB     Avg.
Lonnie Smith (OF) 1978 17     196     163 508 .321
Pancho Herrera (IF) 1958 17 300 264     1108 .271
Jim Essian (C) 1973 16 21 3 24 .125
Larry Cox (C) 1974 16 42 10 58 .172
Joe Holden (C) 1934 13 17 2 24 .083
Gene Corbett (1B-3B) 1936 13 37 13 108 .120
Chris Coste (C) 2006 12 256 198 703 .282
Freddy Galvis (IF) 2012 12 4 1 13 .077
Francisco Melendez (1B)     1984 11 30 5 31 .161

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