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Cubs' Justin Steele: Whiffs 10 in no-decision
Steele didn't factor into the decision during Sunday's 3-2 win over Arizona, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits and two walks with 10 strikeouts in six innings.
Steele submitted his best game by far, encountering trouble only when a two-out hit and error plated two runs in the fourth inning. The outing was the 26-year-old's first going more than five innings, and the 10 whiffs equaled his total from the last four games combined. Steele is slated for a rematch with Arizona next weekend.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Justin Steele: Starting Sunday
Steele (thumb) will start Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Steele was removed from his last start due to a left thumb issue, but he tested things out off the mound Friday and will be cleared to make his next turn through the rotation. Over his last five starts, the southpaw has posted a 6.88 ERA and 2.00 WHIP in 17 innings.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Justin Steele: Feels good after bullpen session
Steele (thumb) felt good after throwing a bullpen session Friday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Steele exited his start last Sunday against the Dodgers with a sore left thumb. He felt the discomfort specifically while throwing his slider, but he was able to throw that pitch without issues Friday. The Cubs have yet to announce their starter for Sunday's series finale in Arizona, a job which could go to Steele if he's cleared to pitch.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Justin Steele: Managing left thumb soreness
Steele exited Sunday's game against the Dodgers due to left thumb soreness, Andy Martinez of Marquee Sports Network reports.
Steele threw 69 pitches during Sunday's start and allowed two runs on three hits and two walks while striking out three in four innings. However, he was examined by trainers while warming up prior to the fifth inning and was removed from the game. Steele hopes to make his next start, but the team will wait to see how he feels in the coming days before making a decision, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Justin Steele: Removed from Sunday's game
Steele was removed from Sunday's game against the Dodgers prior to the top of the fifth inning due to an apparent left hand issue, Tim Stebbins of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
Steele held the Dodgers scoreless for three innings to begin Sunday's matchup, but he gave up two runs in the top of the fourth. In total, he allowed two runs on three hits and two walks while striking out three in four innings. The southpaw was examined by trainers while warming up prior to the fifth inning and was ultimately removed. He tentatively lines up to make his next start on the road against Arizona on Saturday, but it's not yet clear whether he'll be forced to miss time.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Justin Steele: Now starting Sunday
Steele will start Sunday's game against the Dodgers, Andy Martinez of Marquee Sports Network reports.
The 26-year-old was originally scheduled to start Saturday before having his outing pushed to Monday, but he'll now take the mound Sunday after Marcus Stroman (undisclosed) was a late addition to the injured list. Steele has struggled through his first five starts of 2022 with a 5.50 ERA, 1.89 WHIP and 16:1 K:BB over 18 innings.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Justin Steele: Starting Monday
Steele will start Monday's series opener in San Diego, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Steele was initially projected to start Saturday against the Dodgers, but the Cubs altered their pitching plans after Friday's matchup was postponed. The southpaw will get a few extra days of rest before taking the mound on the road against the Padres. Over his first five starts in 2022, Steele has posted a 5.50 ERA and 1.89 WHIP in 18 innings.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Justin Steele: Not starting this weekend
Steele won't start during Saturday's doubleheader against the Dodgers and isn't listed as the probable pitcher for Sunday's series finale, Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune reports.
The 26-year-old was originally penciled in to start Saturday, but the Cubs have altered their pitching plans after the postponement of Friday's game, which is being made up via a twin bill Saturday. Drew Smyly and Daniel Norris will start in the doubleheader, while Marcus Stroman is scheduled to take the mound Sunday. Assuming Steele doesn't work out of the bullpen this weekend, he should pitch during the upcoming three-game series in San Diego, which begins Monday.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Justin Steele: Goes three frames in loss
Steele (1-3) took the loss at the hands of the Brewers on Saturday, allowing four runs (two earned) on seven hits and one walk with four strikeouts in three innings.
Milwaukee jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning, as Steele surrender four singles and Chicago committed two errors, and he never settled in. Steele was pulled before he could face the order a third time while throwing 48 of 74 pitches for strikes, and he has now made it to five innings just once in five starts. The 26-year-old lefty is tentatively projected to start next weekend against the Dodgers.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Justin Steele: Struggles with command in loss
Steele (1-2) allowed three runs on four hits across three innings to take the loss Sunday against the Pirates. He walked four and struck out two.
Steele struggled with his command, as he walked a season-high four batters and needed 79 pitches to complete his three innings of work. The lefty now has a 6.0 BB/9 across three starts this season, and he won't find much success unless he's able to cut that number down and limit the free passes. Steele will carry a 5.40 ERA into his next scheduled start against the Brewers on Saturday.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Justin Steele: Chased early again Tuesday
Steele (1-1) took the loss after he pitched 2.2 innings, giving up four runs on three hits while walking three and striking out one in Tuesday's loss to the Rays.
Steele gave up an RBI groundout to Manuel Margot in the second frame before running into trouble in the third inning, surrendering a two-run homer to Wander Franco and an RBI double to Brandon Lowe before getting yanked with two outs. The 26-year-old has struggled to pitch deep into games this season, tossing a total of 11 innings and giving up six runs over three starts on his way to a 1-1 record and 4.50 ERA. Steele will look to last longer in his next start, which tentatively lines up for Sunday at home against the Pirates.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Justin Steele: Goes 4.1 innings in no-decision
Steele allowed two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out four across 4.1 innings against Colorado on Thursday. He did not factor in the decision.
Steele allowed plenty of traffic on the bases in the outing, but all five hits against him were singles, and he wiggled out of a few jams to surrender just two runs. He wasn't able to go deep enough to pick up the win, however, as he needed 80 pitches to get through 4.1 frames and allowed two of the final three batters he faced to reach base. The southpaw has been a pleasant surprise early in the season, allowing just two runs and posting a 9:3 K:BB across 9.1 innings across two starts. His next trip to the mound is expected to come at home against Tampa Bay next week.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Justin Steele: Shuts down Milwaukee
Steele (1-0) pitched five scoreless innings, giving up four hits and one walk while striking out five in a 9-0 win Saturday over Milwaukee.
Steele scattered four singles and induced two double-play groundballs as he shut down the Brewers' offense. He needed 77 pitches to complete five innings and left with the Cubs leading 7-0. Last season, the lefty started his last nine appearances with mixed results. He struggled to prevent walks and home runs but limited hits and struck out more than a batter an inning as a rookie. His next start should be next weekend in Colorado.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Justin Steele: Scheduled start postponed
Steele's scheduled start Friday against the Brewers has been postponed due to poor weather, Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune reports.
The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader in May. The Cubs will simply push their rotation back a day, so Steele will face the Brewers on Saturday instead. That lines him up for a trip to Coors Field next Thursday or Friday.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Justin Steele: Preparing to start
The Cubs have been building Steele up as a starter this spring and will likely use him in their rotation to begin the season, Jordan Bastian of MLB,com reports.
With Adbert Alzolay (lat) currently on the 60-day injured list and Wade Miley (elbow) getting shut down for 10 days, the Cubs have a few holes in their rotation behind Kyle Hendricks and Marcus Stroman. Alec Mills should fill one of those spots, and Drew Smyly looks like he'll be starting too. Steele should then slot in at the back of the rotation, but the eventual return of Alzolay and Miley will likely push him into a relief role.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Justin Steele: Walks four Tuesday
Steele allowed two runs on three hits across 2.2 innings in Tuesday's Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks. He walked four and struck out one.
It was an uneven performance for Steele, who is vying for a spot in the back part of the Cubs' rotation to begin the season. Wade Miley (neck) may not be ready to go to start the year. Steele has a solid 2.70 ERA this spring, but his seven walks in 6.2 innings of work are obviously a bit concerning. The lefty will need to exhibit better control if he wants to have any sustained success this year.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Justin Steele: Pitches well Thursday
Steele pitched two scoreless innings in Thursday's Cactus League game against the Angels. He walked two and struck out two.
Steele is competing for a spot at the back end of the Cubs' rotation, so performances like this are very useful. Keegan Thompson is also in the mix for the No. 5 role, as is the newly signed Drew Smyly. Steele appeared in 20 games for Chicago last season, including nine starts, and registered a 4.26 ERA across 57 innings of work.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Justin Steele: Gets new competition in rotation
Steele will likely have added competition for the last spot in the Cubs' rotation after the team signed Steven Brault (lat) on Wednesday, per Jordan Bastian of MLB.com.
The team is looking to fill a rotation spot with Adbert Alzolay out at least two months due to a lat strain. Brault is still recovering from a lat strain of his own suffered last season, but the lefty gives Chicago a veteran option, as he's made 52 career starts across six seasons at the MLB level. Steele, meanwhile, has nine career starts, which all came last year. The latter pitched decently, recording a 4.26 ERA and 59 strikeouts across 57 innings in 2021, so he could definitely grab hold of the No. 5 role with an impressive spring training.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Justin Steele: In mix for rotation spot
Manager David Ross said Tuesday that Steele and Keegan Thompson will be the primary competitors for the fifth and final spot in the Cubs' Opening Day rotation, Gordon Wittenmyer of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
Ross left the door open for the Cubs to add another starting pitcher or two via trade or free agency before the start of the season, but for now, the club is looking internally to fill the void in the rotation created by the injury to Adbert Alzolay (lat), who is expected to miss at least two months. Both Steele and Thompson saw most of their initial appearances with the big club last season as relievers, but the two got the chance to pick up regular starts in the second half while the non-contending Cubs shifted into evaluation mode. Over his nine starts in 2021, Steele posted a 4.95 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 38:20 while coughing up 10 home runs over 43.2 innings.... See More ... See Less
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