A pitching statistic in baseball that is recorded for the first pitcher to take the mound and deliver the first pitch for his team. In each game you will have two pitchers assigned this stat-one for each team. Pitchers in the starting rotation will generate games started over the season, while relief pitchers will often have little to none.
Barring injury, most starting pitchers have roughly the same amount of starts each year-usually in the low 30s, mainly due to the fact that teams carry four to five starting pitchers who are rotated over the season. Nolan Ryan took a run at Cy Young's record of 815 games started, but he finished his career with 773. Ryan would have likely needed another two seasons.