Just for a moment, let's look at Milton's performance compared to other #5 starters in the division so far:
Wade Miller (Cubs)= 10.54
Matt Albers ('Stros)= 3.72
Dave Bush (Brewers)= 6.03
Tony Armas (Pirates)= 8.66
Anthony Reyes (Cards)= 5.46 (actually the Cards currently have no established 5th starter, Reyes is their #4)
Eric Milton (Reds)= 4.85
As you can see, #5 is a TRAIN WRECK in most cases. Only Albers has a better ERA but he has averaged UNDER 5 innings per start--Milton has averaged over 5 innings per start, and the only criticism I would make of Milton is that he's had some inefficient, short outings.
On top of that, Milton has given up 3 home runs over 5 starts. Over a 30 start season thats 18-25HRs (if his starts get longer) for the season, a HUGE improvement, and the very best one could hope for from Eric.
The problem the team has is a nonperforming bullpen and an utterly flaccid offense. We really need to break ourselves of what I think is a habit of bashing Eric Milton, and see the truth that he is performing his role on the team relatively well, huge salary notwithstanding.