Because I care. Japan, having won the first two WBC (2006, 2009) will defend his crown against Cuba, China and Brazil during the first round. Here is the provisional roster : Kazuki Yoshimi has withdrawn, his elbow wasn't healed enough. Other than that, there's no MLB player and if you look at who could have been in the team (Yu Darvish, Ichiro, Kyuji Fujikawa, Norichika Aoki, Hiroki Kuroda, Koji Uehara, Hiroyuki Nakajima, Junichi Tazawa, Tsuyoshi Wada, Tsuyoshi Nishioka, Dice-K etc ...) you can consider that's a HUGE loss. But Japanese baseball is so strong that the fielded team, and particularly in the pitching department, should be excellent. The Ace of the team will be Masahiro Tanaka, winner of the Sawamura Award in 2011. He's a power pitcher (can reach 97mph), lot of Ks and few walks. Behind him will line Kenta Maeda (Sawamura Award 2010, threw a no hitter this year), Tadashi Settsu (Sawamura Award 2012), a lefty to be chosen between Toshiya Sugiuchi (Sawamura Award in 2005, threw a no hitter this year) and his teammate Tetsuya Utsumi (most wins in 2012). Also, it has a become a tradition, a submarine pitcher in Kazuhisa Makita, very useful against an american opposition not used to face those particular type of pitchers. In the relief department there's also plenty of talent like Tetsuya Yamaguchi, Hirokazu Sawamura (powerful pitcher), Masahiko Morifuku (finesse lefty), Takeru Imamura and the fantastic Takuya Asao (CL MVP 2011). The field players pool is weaker. We'll still be couting on the undisputed Central League 2012 Shinnosuke Abe, a catcher with tremendous hitting abilities. First base will be very weak since the best power hitter the NPB has ever produced, Takeya Nakamura, is rehabing and won't be able to play. Abe will see time at 1B, so will Atsunori Inaba et Seiichi Uchikawa. 2B is also weak offensively, Yuichi Honda and Hirokazu Ibata are both excellent defenders but they can't hit. A good option would be to try Takeshi Toritani, who is likely to be the shortstop backup, there. We'll see. Shortstop will be filled by the excellent Hayato Sakamoto who can hit for power, average, with running abilities and good defense. Starting third baseman should be Nobuhiro Matsuda, a decent power hitter who can hit for average and run. As for the outfielders, there is a bit of uncertainty but I think Japan will play small ball, defense and running above all, so we should see something like Hisayoshi Chono, Yohei Oshima and Yoshio Itoi, at the expense of the power hitter Sho Nakata who isn't as good on defense as these guys. Six players will be cut with the obligation to carry 13 pitchers.