5 optimistic predictions for the Chicago Cubs in 2023
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3. Justin Steele will throw 180 innings
During his first year in the rotation, Justin Steele started 24 games to the tune of a 3.18 ERA for the Cubs. Over those games, the 27-year-old lefty tossed 119 innings while striking out 126 batters. Although the first half of the year was a bit suspect, Steele flipped the script and turned in a stellar second half that solidified his spot in the rotation. If he can stay in his current trajectory, the Cubs may have a legitimate top-of-the-line left-handed starter on their hands for the first time since Jon Lester departed the team. Steele also hasn't even hit arbitration yet, meaning he is under club control for several years to come.