Comments on: Pirates fall to Curve 8-6 in final spring tune-up Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Sat, 15 Nov 2014 07:20:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: rburgh Sun, 31 Mar 2013 16:54:45 +0000 20 Pirates Questions for 2013

1. Will Russell Martin be a significant upgrade over Barajas?

2. Will the 1B platoon make enough noise at the plate?

3. Can Neal Walker play 140+ games?

4. Will Clint Barmes hit like April-July or Aug-Sept?

5. Can Pedro Alvarez hold the K’s to something like 150?

6. Will Starling Marte take a big step forward?

7. Can Cutch outdo last year?

8. Will somebody please step up in RF?

9. Will Grilli be an effective closer?

10. How will Hughes and Melancon react to late-inning responsibilities?

11. Will Justin Wilson be able to maintain adequate command with the light workload of a specialty reliever?

12. Can A.J. Burnett duplicate his 2012 effectiveness?

13. Will Wandy Rodriguez be a solid #2 starter?

14. Which James McDonald will we get this year?

15. Can Jonathan Sanchez hold his walks to <3.5 per 9?

16. Can Jeff Locke maintain the consistency he showed in spring training?

17. When will Gerrit Cole come up?

18. Will Kyle McPherson eventually end up as a swing guy on the staff?

19. Will Charlie Morton and Francisco Liriano combine for 175 IP?

20. Will Clint Hurdle stop plaing for 1 run in the first inning?