I have to chuckle a little bit when I see the experts still recommending different lineup approaches for cash and GPP in MLB. My experience starting last year and even more so this year has been that there is no difference anymore. Cash games are either infested with sharks or people are playing them just like GPPs. I’m seeing people hitting over 200 now in 50/50s and in some cases like yesterday, the cash line is even higher in the 50/50 than GPP! That should never happen, IMO. Before you say that is just a case of chalk going off, I looked and Mookie was the chalk play, 51% owned and he sucked. So did Strasburg. That should have lowered the cash line. Martinez was only 5% owned. If cash line is going to be the same or higher than GPP, then there is no reason to play them anymore.
I never liked playing straight up 50/50s because it is incredibly aggravating to have a negative ROI and the come in 1st place in a 50/50 with a high score and being locked into a tiny payout. No one celebrates 1st place in cash. I thought about just trying a full week of nothing but 50/50s and see what happens, but why even bother if they are no longer easier to cash? The biggest frustration with MLB is the now common scenario where one batter hogs all the scoring and points and 90% of the rest of the team does nothing. And now you don’t only need to nail just one of those guys, but like 3 or 4.