If you’re looking for very advanced sabermetrics, consider the outfield assist — to the other team.
The Braves’ Michael Bourn gave the Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera quite the hand (or glove?) Wednesday night on a deep fly ball in the eighth inning. Cabrera cranked a beauty into the outfield that appeared to be just short of a home run, but the benevolent Bourn coughed up the catch and instead helped the ball go the rest of the way for a homer.
The Tigers were already up 9-7, so the two-run homer didn’t decide the fate of the game, but Bourn will likely hear about this one again. (He did not appear pleased after the play.)
Check out Cabrera-to-Bourn-for-the-homer in the video below.