Andy Pettitte throws batting practice, offers support to struggling CC Sabathia

Baseball Andy Pettitte stopped by Minute Maid Park in Houston on Thursday to throw batting practice to the Yankees but may have helped the team in a much bigger way before leaving.CC Sabathia and Pettitte had a close relationship during their time as teammates, and Sabathia has viewed Pettitte as a mentor since then. This time, Sabathia asked his former teammate what it's like to transition from being a power pitcher to being a placement pitcher. MORE: Classic photos of Yogi Berra | A look at the colorful career of Bill "Spaceman" Lee“It’s tough. I’ve been there; I’ve went through it,” Pettitte said via the Daily News. “This game is so mental and such a mental grind every single day. He’s just got to stay with it. He’s got to trust himself. He was a great pitcher for so, so long; he has to continue to go out there and take one pitch at a time. I know it sounds like a cliché, but just continue to work. “This game, it’s so much about confidence. I think that he’ll put together a few good starts and hopefully get on a good roll. When you’re in those ruts, it seems like you’re never going to get out of it. It’s really important to just kind of stay positive in this time and just keep your confidence. I know it’s hard to do, but you just try to keep confidence.”Sabathia is 3-7 with a 5.65 ERA through 15 starts, and has allowed three or more earned runs in five of his last seven starts.“This is the toughest thing I’ve ever dealt with in sport

s, as far as adversity and not performing well,” Sabathia said. “But he’s been there to help.“It’s been hard for me to not scrap everything and start throwing sidearm or submarine. Right now, he’s (Pettitte) been that constant, ‘Keep plugging away, keep plugging away.’”