The Dodgers never expected to be in this position.
Sitting in last place in the National League West with a record of 13-21, a 5-4 loss to the Marlins on Friday night increased the Dodgers' losing streak to eight games.
The team will try to snap that skid on Saturday as the Marlins and Dodgers square off at Dodger Stadium.
"We're at a point where you just fight and play hard and know that you've got to continue to just bust it and you keep turning the page," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "At this point, we can't get our past back. We've got to look forward. It's not easy, but you have to. It's just the way it is. Each guy individually has to come ready to play, expect good things to happen, work to the point where we have a chance for good things to happen and then go out and play and execute.
"There's no magic formula. We've got to get back on track winning our games that we're supposed to win."
Hyun-Jin Ryu will get the start for the Dodgers. In his three outings at Chavez Ravine, Ryu is 2-1 with a 2.41 ERA.
Going six innings in each of his seven outings this year, Ryu allowed four runs on eight hits in six innings on Sunday against the Giants. It marked the second time this season he's lost to San Francisco.
Opposing Ryu on Saturday will be Miami right-hander Kevin Slowey.
Slowey snapped a string of 10 straight losing decisions on Sunday against the Phillies. In his best start so far this season, he allowed just two hits in seven innings. He also struck out seven.
"It's certainly not productive for me to go out there and try to strike people out," Slowey said. "So, for me, it really is the process. Each at-bat, how do I try to get a guy out? An out is an out for me."
More than anything, Slowey said he's tried to rethink the game and execute by throwing all of his pitches in any location.
"For me to make pitches in any count, in any location, that's how I'm going to get outs," Slowey said. "I'm not going to be able to tell a guy what's coming and beat him with it."
Marlins: Koehler makes rotation all right
Tom Koehler will be replacing Wade LeBlanc in the rotation, giving Miami five right-handed starters.
LeBlanc, 0-5 with a 6.11 ERA in seven starts, was initially scheduled to start on Sunday. Now the left-hander will be going to the bullpen, where he is an option to pitch long relief.
Instead, Koehler, who has a 3.32 ERA in six relief appearances, will be making his second Major League start on Sunday. The right-hander started the 2012 season finale.
"He's going to get an opportunity to go in and make a start, and we'll see how he does," manager Mike Redmond said. "This gives us another lefty in the bullpen, and a guy who can throw multiple innings. We'll flip-flop them."
Dodgers: Van Slyke promoted, Herrera optioned
Los Angeles promoted Scott Van Slyke from Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday, while Elian Herrera was optioned. The Dodgers transferred right-hander Chad Billingsley to the 60-day disabled list to clear room for Van Slyke on the 40-man roster.
Trying to find a power bat off the bench, Van Slyke hit .397 with nine homers, 30 RBIs and a .503 on-base percentage in 34 games with the Isotopes. He struck out as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning of Friday's game.
• More than 100 cyclists will ride from Union Station to Dodger Stadium to attend Saturday's game, as part of Bike Week Los Angeles. The event is organized by the Dodgers, C.I.C.L.E., the Eastside Bike Club and Metro.
• The Dodgers will combine Sunday celebrations for Mother's Day and Viva Los Dodgers with a host of events at Dodger Stadium, before the game and while the team hosts the Marlins at 1:10 p.m. PT.
• Dodgers left-hander Ted Lilly is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Saturday. He is on the disabled list with a right rib cage strain and began a throwing program Wednesday.
• Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton, on the 15-day DL with a strained right hamstring, remains in Miami receiving treatment.
Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.