The smoke and mirrors act that is the 2013 Yankees season faces a particularly challenging test starting tonight. Can the team with a suspect offense and shorthanded bullpen survive or even thrive in baseball’s version of “The Amazing Race”?

“As you may have heard, the ball flies over there,” Hiroki Kuroda said Sunday, through his interpreter, of Coors Field. “The breaking ball doesn’t make a lot of movement.”

Kuroda will enter his start against the surprisingly good Rockies (18-13) with a career 6.85 ERA in four starts at Coors.

“Whenever I play there,” Kuroda said, “I throw a bullpen before my game, and that’s when I figure out what’s useful, since the ball does different things on different days. But it doesn’t really change my game.”

The Yankees have played just six regular-season games at Coors in their history, three each in 2002 and 2007, and their starting pitchers combined for a 7.34 ERA in 30 2/3 innings, walking 12 and striking out 21. What makes this collectively underwhelming performance particularly notable is the Yankees used the same three starters, in the same order, five years apart, against Colorado. And they were pretty good ones, too: Mike Mussina, Andy Pettitte and Roger Clemens.

The Yankees are 2-4 at Coors, the two victories coming in 2002 courtesy of an explosive offense and solid relief work. Do these current Yankees, who will throw David Phelps and CC Sabathia tomorrow and Thursday, have either of those weapons?

With 133 runs scored and 123 runs allowed on the season and a 5-1 record in one-run games, the Yankees have put together an 18-12 record by virtue of their resourcefulness and resolve. They’re certainly not pounding the ball on a regular basis; they have tallied four runs or fewer in 19 of their 30 games so far.