The next few days may feel a bit familiar to Detroit manager Jim Leyland, while the Tigers wait to start the World Series.
Detroit won the AL pennant, wrapping up a four-game sweep of the New York Yankees on Thursday. Now the Tigers won't play again until next Wednesday, when they open on the road against the winner of the NL championship series between St. Louis and San Francisco.
In 2006, Leyland's Tigers swept Oakland in the ALCS, finishing that series Oct. 14. The World Series didn't start until Oct. 21, and Detroit lost to St. Louis in five games.
The question now is how the layoff will affect Detroit's sterling starting rotation, which has a 1.02 ERA so far in the postseason.