ST. LOUIS, Mo.-- The buses are loaded with bats and balls. Shoulders have been rubbed, and hamstrings stretched. What used to be a six week exercise to get players in shape is now an adventure to keep them healthy, and lower the handicap on the golf course. Before the first pitch is thrown in Mesa, before the first text of "you should be here, it's sunny and 85," before the first time we hear the dreaded phrase "tommy john," here is the way the race shapes up for October, nine months in advance. Of course, the Cubs have been known to look better in February than they do in October.