The 2013 World Baseball Classic officially gets underway this weekend with 16 teams vying for the right to be called the best in the world.
It's not just an opportunity for each country to gain bragging rights, however. It also opens up the sport to the entire world, further globalizing a sport that originated in the United States.
What holds true in Major League Baseball is what will be a major factor in determining the winner in the WBC as well—good pitching.
With that in mind, here is a ranking of the top six starting rotations that could help lead their respective country to victory.