Justin Steele has taken a major step forward for the Chicago Cubs. His performance this season is finally getting the attention it deserves.
MLB.com published the results of their latest poll as to who should win the Cy Young award on Wednesday. A new name rose to the top on the National League side, with Steele receiving 14 first place votes from the 39 people polled.
Justin Steele pushing Chicago Cubs into postseason
Steele has emerged as a viable top of the rotation arm for the Cubs this season. He has posted a 2.49 ERA and a 1.126 WHiP in his 159 innings entering Wednesday, striking out 159 batters with just 33 walks. He leads the majors in wins (16), ERA, and winning percentage, while his 0.6 home runs per nine is the best mark in the NL. His place as one of the best pitchers in the NL this season is secure.
His ascension as a top of the rotation arm has come at the right time. Despite losing Marcus Stroman to injury, the Cubs hold the second Wild Card spot and are still within striking distance in the NL Central. While the Cubs have had several unexpectedly strong performances this season, Steele has been one of the main reasons for this surge.
His showing could result in the recognition he deserves. Steele was already named to the All Star Game this season, the first of what could be several appearances. He is likely to receive MVP votes as well, even if they are down the ballot. And he could take home some hardware, earning the NL Cy Young for his strong showing in what has been a breakout campaign.
Justin Steele has taken the next step forward for the Chicago Cubs. His breakout campaign could push the Cubs to the postseason and lead to the NL Cy Young award.