How the Cubs’ Pitch Lab has helped Justin Steele take his game to the next level
Following Friday night’s outing against the Milwaukee Brewers, Cubs starter Justin Steele joined the broadcast booth with Jon “Boog” Sciambi and Jim Deshaies.
Steele has been on a nice run lately, leading Major League Baseball in ERA over the last two months:
A big reason for that success has been Steele’s fastball. He detailed how he utilizes that pitch to certain hitters he faces.
“If I’m trying to get in to a righty, I want it to cut a little bit more, especially if it’s going down and in to a righty. I want it to have cutting action and more depth,” Steele explained.
Cubs pitching coach Tommy Hottovy has helped instill a Pitch Lab within the organization and Steele believes it has helped his pitch arsenal from last season to this season.
“The technology definitely helps. The numbers back up what you’re trying to do and you’re able to put a number and measurement on different pitches and seeing why pitches do what they’re trying to do,” Steele said. “It’s definitely helped with my 4-seam and my slider. It’s helped tremendously with my slider figuring out different hand placements, different grips and I feel like it’s gotten better and better.”
Steele also shared an update on his son Beau, chatted through his fantasy football leagues and told a story about his first interaction with Christopher Morel.
Watch the video above for more of Justin Steele’s interview.