With Thursday's announcement of the 2013 World Baseball Classic provisional rosters, every squad now leaves itself open to debate.
Who is the favorite? What team has the deepest lineup? The most solid pitching staff?
Let's start with the rotations.
Of the 16 teams, roughly half have a realistic shot of taking the 2013 WBC title. Some of those contenders are built on the strength of their rotations.
The contenders who did not make our rankings list failed to do so because of the pitchers (as of now) that are conspicuously missing from the rosters.
For teams that submitted provisional rosters with less than the maximum of 28 players, they are allowed to add players to the roster before Feb. 20.
So, for Japan, who has taken home both WBC championships, names such as Yu Darvish, Huroki Kuroda and Daisuke Matsuzaka are not currently on the roster. Darvish has already said he will not participate. A major strength in capturing the 2009 championship may fall by the wayside in this year's tournament.
Aroldis Chapman would bolster a Cuban starting rotation if he decides to suit up. For now, though, Cuba will have to see what it can do without him.
Pitching wins championships. For the following contenders, their starting staffs may be a big reason why they could advance deep into the tournament.