MLB Barometer: Risers & Fallers
MLB Barometer: Risers & Fallers

This article is part of our MLB Barometer series.

Of all the factors to consider following the trade deadline, the potentially mythical "change of scenery" is perhaps the hardest to pin down. Players' xFIPs and xWOBACONs and assorted other acronyms, as vague and mysterious as they may initially seem, are concepts we're collectively learning to deal with, backed up by charts and graphs and hundreds of pages worth of quality analysis. But what are we supposed to do with an element that is essential part of the player's psyche, something we don't have access to (and hopefully never have access to)?

I'm not talking about the numerous measurable factors that shift when a player changes teams. His new home park may suit his skills better or worse than his previous one. He may have more or fewer opportunities to start. He might move into or out of a starting or closing role. He may have better or worse teammates around him. All of those factors are important, but none is extraordinarily hard to deal with. 

Less measurable but still knowable are the changes that come with working with a new coaching staff. We can't know for certain how new coaches could unlock something for a player who's just been traded, but certain teams are widely known as being strong in that area. The Astros, Dodgers and Yankees are frequently mentioned as being at the top of that pile.

The quasi-mythical factor I'm referring to is a purely psychological one. It's impossible to measure with any precision (at least in

Want to Read More?
Subscribe to RotoWire to see the full article.

We reserve some of our best content for our paid subscribers. Plus, if you choose to subscribe you can discuss this article with the author and the rest of the RotoWire community.

Get Instant Access To This Article Get Access To This Article
RotoWire Community
Join Our Subscriber-Only MLB Chat
Chat with our writers and other RotoWire MLB fans for all the pre-game info and in-game banter.
Join The Discussion
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Erik Halterman
Erik Halterman is an MLB staff writer at RotoWire and the winner of the staff's 2018 RotoWire & FanDuel Fantasy Baseball Championship.
DraftKings MLB: Thursday Showdown Picks
DraftKings MLB: Thursday Showdown Picks
The Z Files: The Two-Headed Monster
The Z Files: The Two-Headed Monster
FanDuel MLB: Thursday ALCS Breakdown
FanDuel MLB: Thursday ALCS Breakdown
Games Played By Position: 2020 Eligibility Notes
Games Played By Position: 2020 Eligibility Notes