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How Old Is Justin Steele?

Justin Steele is 26 years old. He was born on July 11, 1995.


When things become tense, Cubs left-hander Justin Steele knows how to get out of them.

The experience he gained while pitching out of the Cubs’ bullpen this season was critical for his development as a major league pitcher.

In addition to learning how to face major-league hitters and boosting Steele’s confidence, the team viewed the switch from reliever to starter as beneficial for a number of reasons.

His knack for getting out of traffic jams came in handy once more. Monday night at Great American Ball Park versus the Cincinnati Reds. The first three innings of the game saw him leave a total of six runners on base.

There were runners on first and second with one out in the first inning, but his defense saved him from a potentially disastrous situation in the second.

At the same time he picked up the sacrifice bunt from Wade Miley, Robinson Chirinos effortlessly tagged out Tyler Naquin at home plate to maintain the game scorelessly. Steele popped out to finish the inning.

Runners on the corners after back-to-back singles in the third-placed Steele in another jam. In the next two at-bats, he got two strikeouts and incited a flyout to get out of trouble yet again.

In the end, though, Steele got himself into a bind against a formidable Reds team.

Jonathan India smashed a 2-2 fastball over the middle of the plate for a two-run homer in the fourth inning, and he was named National League Rookie of the Year.

Even though Steele allowed just two hits and a walk in his four innings of work, the Cubs bullpen couldn’t keep it close, allowing 12 runs (including eight in the eighth) to the Reds.

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