I've played some evenly matched teams in tournaments, and if I'm bored and just want to finish, I'll autoplay.
Now, when I autoplay evenly matched teams, you win some and lose some.
When I autoplay teams that are markedly worse, I win most, but lose probably one out of 4 games.
However - in a tournament when there is gold involved to replay a game you lost, I've spent thousands of gold replaying a team that I'm about equal to based on the game's ratings. I'll lose ten times in a row to a team that's evenly matched. I've retried to play a team only slightly better than me 20 consecutive times and lost... I played on my own, I autoplayed...
It's a racket. It's really disappointing and I'd love for somebody to explain what algorithms are used when it seems so ridiculously inconsistent. When there's gold or money at stake, you can autoplay a team you're better than and lose 10 straight times.
I've got a team full of 4.5 and 5 star players. I've upgraded every single category to the max, yet somehow lose to a team that, while playing, "[team name] upgraded their Outfield Hands to 5!", and "...upgraded pitch calling to 6." ten consecutive times in a tournament???
I've got 9's in all those categories, I can score runs off the best pitchers in the game playing manually, but somehow... magically during those tournaments... the other team that's only moderately upgraded rips 9 runs off in an inning against Clayton Kershaw (9, 9, 9) with full team upgrades?!
Come on, guys. It's complete... f**king... bulls*t. No team with full upgrades and 4.5 & 5 star players top to bottom should lose 10 consecutive games under any circumstances... especially when the only time it happens is when there is money or gold at stake.