3 Takeaways From Pittsburgh Pirates Opening Series In Cincinnati

CINCINNATI, OH - MARCH 31: Keone Kela #35 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates with Francisco Cervelli #29 after striking out the final batter in the ninth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on March 31, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Pirates won 5-0. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - MARCH 31: Keone Kela #35 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates with Francisco Cervelli #29 after striking out the final batter in the ninth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on March 31, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Pirates won 5-0. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /
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CINCINNATI, OH – MARCH 31: Melky Cabrera #53 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates with teammate Adam Frazier #26 after scoring a run in the second inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on March 31, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Pirates won 5-0. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH – MARCH 31: Melky Cabrera #53 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates with teammate Adam Frazier #26 after scoring a run in the second inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on March 31, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Pirates won 5-0. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

The Pittsburgh Pirates split a rain shortened two-game series in Cincinnati to begin their 2019 season. What, if anything, can we takeaway from the series?

The dust has settled from the Pittsburgh Pirates first series of the season. After a long offseason, and a seemingly even longer Spring Training, the team kicked off their 2019 season in Cincinnati against their divisional rival Reds. With the series in the rear view mirror, the team finds themselves owning a 1-1 record as they return home to Pittsburgh for their first home stand of the season.

For a third consecutive season the team’s opening series was impacted by rain. This was the third consecutive season the Pirates suffered a rain out in their first series of the campaign. The rain out came in game two of the series on Saturday afternoon and will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader on Memorial Day.

As a result of the rain out, the team also had to shuffle their rotation plans for the upcoming week. You can read more about that here.

While it can be difficult to gather too much information from any one series in baseball, especially the first series of the season, we will attempt to do just that. Let’s get to 3 key takeaways from the team’s season-opening series at Great American Ballpark against the Reds.