What a difference one year truly makes where White Sox starter Lucas Giolito is concerned.

In 2018, Giolito’s first full year as part of the rotation, he topped the American League in walks and had the worst ERA of any starter who qualified for consideration. In 2019, Giolito became a first-time All-Star and now is one of the handful of pitchers in the American League Cy Young Award mix.

Even Texas manager Chris Woodward spoke pregame Sunday of being glad his team didn’t have to face Giolito in either series this season.

“It feels pretty cool,” said Giolito, when being apprised of the praise. “Last year, I’m sure 29 of 30 teams would’ve loved to have me for a series.

“It’s cool to see recognition from peers and other managers and things like that when it comes to the personal success I guess I’ve experienced this year. That’s a good feeling.”

Giolito ranks among the AL leaders in complete games (tied for first at 3), opponents’ average (third, .208), wins (tied for fifth, 14), opponents OPS (fourth, .636), SO/9.0 IP (fifth, 11.51), ERA (sixth, 3.20), WHIP (sixth, 1.09) and strikeouts (eighth, 194). Those numbers are difficult for Giolito to avoid with them being plastered across every scoreboard in baseball.