George Kirby tossed six innings on Thursday, allowing two runs on six hits and one walk while striking out six. His only blemish was allowing a two-run home run to Mike Trout in the third inning, but the Mariners would go on to lose to the Angels 4-1.
Through his first eight career starts, Kirby has 41 strikeouts in 43 innings pitched with a 3.56 ERA and 1.14 WHIP. Aside from two terrible starts in May, he has been a consistent pitcher in a fantasy rotation. His BB% is 2.8, meaning you can count on him to keep your WHIP low, and at a K/9 rate of 8.58, he will also boost the counting stats. While you may struggle to get him cheaply in a dynasty league, he may be an excellent trade candidate in redraft. His next start will come on the road against Oakland; in his last start against the A's, he tallied nine strikeouts, so make sure he is in your weekly lineups.