Like I said, it makes zero difference. The US had four infantry divisions 1st Cav, 24th, 7th and, 96th) on Leyte ashore and off the ships by the time the Japanese arrive. In addition, the corps troops include several battalions of Sherman tanks and M 18 tank destroyers along with the usual engineers, artillery, etc. There were 80,900 men ashore before the IJN arrives. The USN had also already landed 114,900 tons of cargo sufficent to supply these troops for 30 days. There are 37 cargo and amphibious assault ships and 90 LST involved in this landing along with well over 1000 smaller landing craft. The Japanese had one average strength infantry division on Leyte (the 16th). Even if the Japanese landed an additional regiment and some armor it would simply have gotten ground up just like the 16th did. The US has an overwhelming amount of firepower ashore before the IJN even shows up. Likewise, 5th AF under General Kenney was flying support missions out of airfields at a rate of about 1000 per day. By the time the IJN arrives the USAAF had fields up and running on Leyte including ones at Dulag and Tacloban. This is all before the IJN even gets to the PI. You might also note that USN CAP aircraft had basically shot down the bulk of Japanese land based airpower in the Philippines prior to the IJN arriving too. So, there won't be any "kamikaze" on US vessels to speak of.