BRIDGEPORT, W.Va (WDTV) - Not the weather you would expect or want for any baseball game, but in snowy and cold conditions, the Pirates opened their home slate against the Atlanta Braves. The weather, though, did not take away the magic of game number one at PNC Park.
While Opening Day is a time to celebrate the return of baseball, many unanswered questions hang over the heads of Pirates coaching staff and players. Last year's starting pitchers failed to be consistent, and this year, the starting rotation of Ivan Nova, Chad Kuhl, Gerrit Cole, Tyler Glasnow and Jameson Taillon is the third youngest in the Majors with an average age of 26.
The Pirates' offense also took a hit between this season and last. Jung Ho Kang hit .255 last year, with 58 RBI and 15 home runs, and his return to Pittsburgh is questionable after several run-ins with the law and problems with his visa. Following the departures of Sean Rodriguez to the Braves and Matt Joyce to the A's, the Pirates lost two quality hitters. The two combined for 137 hits, 31 homeruns and 98 RBI in 2016.