First Pitch: Bronx Bunters in playoffs?

NEW YORK -- The Yankees offense has been more small-ball than longball so far this season.

Especially of late.

The Bombers have homered in just nine of their last 27 games. All Yankees not named Robinson Cano have combined for just nine homers over that span.

So the power just hasn't been there lately.

And that's a bit of a problem. The Yanks are 13-24 when they fail to homer this year. One positive way to look at that record is that it's better than their 7-24 record in games without a homer last season. The glass half full Yankee fan can view that as evidence the small ball offense is producing some positive affects.

But the Yanks have already failed to homer in 37 games this year, which is six more than their entire total from last season. Wow.

Maybe Curtis Granderson, whose return could come later this month, will add some pop to the lineup.

Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter should also hit a few home runs. But no matter who returns to the lineup, this team will never be confused with the '27 Yankees.

Give the team some credit, though. Thanks to solid performances from their starters and relievers, the Yanks have been able to compete despite an offense that has been non-existent at times.

Joe Girardi's club will enter play Sunday no worse than one game back of the AL Wild Card leader.

So far, so good. But can it last?

UP NOW: A look at Eduardo Nunez's great game and Andy Pettitte's performances from Saturday and the Yankee All-Star selections. In minor league action, Derek Jeter went 0-for-2 with a walk for the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders and Alex Rodriguez got a hit and was hit by a pitch for the Class A Tampa Yankees.

ON DECK: RHP Hiroki Kuroda (7-6, 2.95) vs. RHP Jason Hammel (7-5, 5.19) in the series finale against Baltimore.

QUESTION: Do you think the Yankees' offense, as currently constituted, can get them into the playoffs?