I have a feeling the Giants/Cardinals series is going the distance and the Tigers are going to have a huge advantage coming out of an easy, short series.
Seems like teams often get stale after long layoffs. Not sure if it would be an advantage or disadvantage for the felines.
While you are correct on the "worthy foe" aspect, the Tigers are playing well, and have a great bull pen.
I'm not sold on the Tigers bullpen; Valverde has lost it (maybe temporarily but he sure is in a funk), and they seem to be relying on bullpen by commitee. But pretty much all their pitchers have gotten hot right now; we'll see how long that lasts.
Losing Jeter hurts, but the Yanks/Empire have just gotten old and unproductive (with a few exceptions.) Plus, the massive slumps of Cano, Granderson and Swisher.
WRT to the Evil Empire, they still have to pay A-Fraud ~115 more million for 10 years (incl 29 mil next year!) Plus Sabbathia and Tex 23 mil each, Jeter 17 mil, Soriano 14 mil for next year alone. That's a lot of bucks for just a few players. Dodgers seem to be giving them a run for their money on albatross contracts.