It seems like it's nearly unanimous that Verlander is considered the best pitcher in baseball. I've thought so too. But I wanted to look at the numbers to see just how dominate he was yesterday and they surprised me
Over the last 3 seasons:
A: 98 GS, 665.1 IP, 25.9 K%, 7.4 BB%, 3.48 K/BB, .60 HR/9, .208 BAA, 2.56 ERA, 3.23 xFIP, 2.79 tERA, 3.20 SIERA
B: 100 GS, 713.2 IP, 24.8 K%, 6.6 BB%, 3.77 K/BB, .72 HR/9, .210 BAA, 2.79 ERA, 3.31 xFIP, 3.22 tERA, 3.24 SIERA
The numbers seem to suggest that player A is the more effective pitcher. Player A is Kershaw and B is Verlander. Verlander goes deeper into games (7.13 INN/GS to 6.78 INN/GS) but most of the peripherals actually favor Kershaw.
Also worth noting is that those 3 years are Verlander's 5th, 6th and 7th full seasons, right in the middle of his prime, while they're Kershaw's 2nd, 3rd and 4th full seasons and he is just now entering his prime.