When the hitting is there, the pitching is not and vise versa. When the offense scores 7 runs against a team as shitty as the Pirates you shouldn't have any trouble winning. Mike Burns is clearly not the answer to the pitching hole. Do we go and drop our best minor league talent on an ace when the hitting is this inconsistent?
I think it might be time to face the reality that this probably isn't the team that will take us to as Craig Counsell put it "Fun games in October". Thus, I don't feel it is worth it to dump any more minor league talent on a pitcher that will not have the run support to get it done. Teams with 4 players in the starting lineup batting at or below .260 usually aren't going anywhere. (see my mid season report)
I'm not giving up. I'm just being realistic and I'd rather not see us trade anymore away. I think it's time to ride this out to the end and see where it goes. I know Dillard has had issues when brought up in the past, but it's time for him to sink or swim. He's earned that chance.
If you can't pull away from the mediocre pack that is the central div. then you have no business in the playoffs and you sure as hell won't be winning the Wild Card.