Hinch told MLB Network Radio that he doesn't exactly have a horse in the race between the Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees, though facing the Bronx Bombers would come with some built-in benefits.
"It would be nice to start at home," Hinch said. "I stop short of saying I'm rooting for the Yankees cause I don't want to ever root for anyone else. But the four games at Minute Maid would be a huge advantage."
The Indians finished the regular season with the best record in the American League at 102-60, locking down home-field advantage until the World Series. If they lose, that benefit defaults to the Astros who narrowly missed the Indians' mark by going 101-61.
The Astros went 48-33 at home, while the Yankees were the only AL playoff team to have a losing road record at 40-41.
Game 1 of the AL Championship Series - regardless of the Astros opponent - is slated for Friday.