Here are a few reasons why Padre righthander Andy Hawkins is 9-0 and, after nine starts, the pitching surprise of the season:
?Delivery. "I was throwing too far across my body," says Hawkins, 25. "About three, four weeks before the  playoffs Doug Gwosdz, our backup catcher, who came up through the minors with me, figured out what I was doing wrong. A little thing, but it made a lot of difference in my control." In 62 innings this season, Hawkins has walked only nine batters.
?Confidence. The Padre starters flunked out in the playoffs and World Series, and, consequently, Hawkins, 8-9 with a 4.68 ERA last year, got to work 15? innings out of the bullpen, allowing just one run. "If I could do that under the most intense pressure, I figured, 'Why not do it in the regular season?' "
? Galen Cisco. The new pitching coach taught Hawkins a cut fastball this spring and reinforced the confidence of last October. "I've never been around a pitching coach like that," says Hawkins.
?Dame Fortune. The Padres have scored 6.8 runs per nine innings for Hawkins, who has a 2.61 ERA. "In two games I came out with the score tied and we went ahead in the next half inning. It's been fascinating. So many things have gone right."
When we last left the Indians, they were moving Julio Franco, a talented but erratic shortstop, to second base against his wishes in order to accommodate Johnnie LeMaster, the eminently mediocre shortstop they had acquired from the Giants. To the bench went Tony Bernazard, a decent hitter but often indecent fielder, who was leading the team in homers and had committed but one error.
The experiment lasted eight games. Franco, still erratic, is back at short after going 6 for 33 as a second baseman, and LeMaster, after three hits in 20 at bats, is on the bench and hoping he will be traded. "It was a collectively inspired mistake and a collectively inspired remedy," said team president Peter Bavasi, who is said to have learned about the trade after the fact. Said LeMaster: "This is similar to the situation they had in San Francisco, where nobody seemed to know what was going on."
Earlier this year, Cardinal ace Joaquin Andujar looked at his team's lineup of rabbits and proclaimed: "We have Jack Clark and seven leadoff hitters." Well, maybe not.
Second baseman Tommy Herr batted leadoff or second most of '84 and drove in a career-high 49 runs. This year, as a third-place hitter, he might drive in twice as many. Herr is hitting a league-leading .374 and has 35 RBIs already. Herr, busting out after two years of injuries, bats behind two sprinters—outfielders Vince Coleman and Willie McGee—and ahead of Clark.
"I don't think I'm a third-place hitter, but in our lineup maybe I am," he says. "I still have a leadoff hitter's mentality. The other day, there were two outs and the count was 3-1 and I took a strike down the middle. I said to myself, 'Hey, I'm the guy who's supposed to drive in the runs.' " How many? "If I could drive in 75 runs, boy, I'd be ecstatic." Actually, his projection is even higher than that—128 RBIs.