It's Opening Day, those two sweet words marking an event beloved by fans of all 30 teams. No more frivolous exhibition games or exaggerated position battles. It's a day indisputably tied to ideas of hope, but also to wondering and questions that will take 162 games to answer.

Tom and Tim gave you the facts about the 2013 edition of the Pittsburgh Pirates, from the rotation to the bullpen, from the infield to the outfield and the bench. Now I've got the questions, 21 of them, that this team will give responses to.

1. Will the Pirates produce an above-average offense?

Pedro Alvarez is, once again, one of the keys to the Pirates' success.

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