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AL West Standings

Team W-L L10 STRK
42-31 7-3 W2
33-37 4-6 L2
32-39 5-5 L1
28-42 6-4 W2
26-46 2-8 L7

2024 Pitching

STATS IP
Innings Pitched
W
Wins
L
Losses
ERA
Earned Run Average
SO
Strikeouts
BB
Base on Balls (Walk)
Regular Season 25.1 0 3 7.46 22 12

Top J.P. France News

  • Astros' J.P. France: Remains shut down

    France (shoulder) has yet to resume a throwing program at Triple-A Sugar Land, Chandler Rome of The Athletic reports.

    France hasn't pitched in more than a month after injuring his right shoulder in his first start after being optioned to Sugar Land. It's uncertain when he might be cleared to throw, but certainly he's not going to be an option for Sugar Land (or the Astros) for a while.

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  • Astros' J.P. France: Out with shoulder injury

    France was placed on the 7-day injured list at Triple-A Sugar Land on Tuesday with a shoulder injury, Chandler Rome of The Athletic reports.

    The right-hander was demoted to Triple-A on April 25 and surrendered three runs over 3.2 innings during his lone start prior to the injury. France is without an official timeline for return but could be out "a while," per Rome. The injury won't immediately affect the Astros' rotation but is a big hit to their depth.

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  • Astros' J.P. France: Being optioned

    The Astros are optioning France to Triple-A Sugar Land ahead of their trip to Mexico City on Saturday, Chandler Rome of The Athletic reports.

    France is being optioned to clear a spot for Framber Valdez, who will start Sunday. In France's last outing Tuesday, he took the loss while allowing five runs on five hits and four walks over five innings against the Cubs. The 29-year-old has now given up multiple home runs in consecutive starts. The move prompts questions about how the Astros rotation lines up going forward.

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  • Astros' J.P. France: Takes loss against Cubs

    France (0-3) took the loss Tuesday, allowing five runs on five hits and four walks over five innings against the Cubs. He struck out six.

    France endured a nightmare first inning, yielding a two-run home run to Cody Bellinger and a three-run homer to Mike Tauchman. However, he settled in following the frame, allowing just one hit in his final four innings while keeping Chicago off the scoreboard. France has now given up multiple home runs in back-to-back starts. Despite his struggles, France will likely have another go-around in the rotation due to the Astros lacking healthy arms, and he's projected to make his next start against Cleveland this weekend.

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  • Astros' J.P. France: Hit hard in no-decision

    France came away with a no-decision in Wednesday's 5-4 extra-inning loss to Atlanta, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk over five innings. He struck out four.

    While his final numbers were solid, three of the hits off France went for extra bases, including no-doubt solo homers by Marcell Ozuna and Ronald Acuna. The right-hander tossed 51 of 90 pitches for strikes, and while this was his best performance of the season so far, his spot in the rotation only seems safe because Houston lacks healthy options to replace him. France will take a 7.08 ERA, 1.67 WHIP and 16:8 K:BB through 20.1 innings into his next outing, scheduled to come on the road next week against the Cubs.

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  • Astros' J.P. France: Hammered by Rangers

    France (0-2) allowed eight runs on eight hits and four walks over four innings Friday, striking out three and taking a loss against Texas.

    France gave up one run through two innings before he was lit up for six runs in the third. Most of the damage that frame came via Jonah Heim's three-run blast. In each of his first two starts of 2024, France had yielded exactly three runs over 5.2 innings. Now, he owns a brutal 8.22 ERA with a 12:7 K:BB across 15.1 innings. France is currently in line for a tough home matchup with Atlanta next week.

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  • Astros' J.P. France: Takes loss Saturday

    France (0-1) allowed three runs on eight hits and two walks across 5.2 innings to take a loss Saturday versus the Rangers. He struck out four.

    There was traffic on the bases all night against France, but he was pulled in the sixth one out shy of a quality start with the game tied 2-2 at the time. Reliever Bryan Abreu gave up a two-out RBI single to add another run to France's line. While he hasn't been bad in either start thus far, France still might need to pitch a little better to avoid being sent to the bullpen or Triple-A Sugar Land when Justin Verlander (shoulder) returns.

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  • Astros' J.P. France: Back from paternity leave

    France was activated from the paternity leave list Friday, Matt Kawahara of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    France was away for a few days this week while welcoming a new baby to the family. He is scheduled to start Saturday against the Rangers.

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  • Astros' J.P. France: Away on paternity leave

    The Astros placed France on the paternity list Tuesday, Chandler Rome of The Athletic reports.

    France will be allowed to miss up to three days as he welcomes a new addition to his family. Dylan Coleman was recalled from Triple-A Sugar Land in a corresponding move.

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  • Astros' J.P. France: Falls short of quality start

    France didn't factor into the decision Sunday against the Yankees, pitching 5.2 innings and allowing three runs on six hits and one walk. He struck out five.

    France came one out shy of notching a quality start in his 2024 debut and was pulled after retiring the first two batters he faced in the sixth at 94 pitches. While Sunday's performance was by no means a disappointment, the second-year big-leaguer will likely have to do more to stick in the Astros rotation once Justin Verlander (shoulder) and Jose Urquidy (forearm) are healthy. France's next start is tentatively scheduled to come during a road series against the Rangers.

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  • Astros' J.P. France: Makes spring debut

    France (shoulder) struck out four and allowed one run on four hits and one walk over 2.1 innings Saturday in the Astros' 6-1 loss to the Mets in Grapefruit League play.

    France fell short of the three innings he had expected to cover in his spring debut, but he reached the 50-pitch mark and was able to generate 11 swings and misses on the day. Per Matt Kawahara of the Houston Chronicle, France's delayed buildup during spring training while he battled shoulder inflammation isn't expected to derail his bid for the Opening Day rotation, especially after a spot opened up for him due to Justin Verlander (shoulder) being set to begin the campaign on the injured list. Kawahara notes that France has been working on adding a sinker to his arsenal in 2024 to provide another weapon to combat right-handed hitters. Though he held lefties to a .678 OPS over his 136.1 innings as a rookie in 2023, righties posted a .789 OPS while the right-handed France leaned mostly on a four-seam fastball, cutter and sweeping slider in those matchups versus same-handed hitters.

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  • Astros' J.P. France: Set for spring debut Saturday

    Astros manager Joe Espada said Wednesday that France (shoulder) will start his first Grapefruit League game Saturday against the Mets, Matt Kawahara of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    France was able to pitch two innings during a minor-league game Monday, and he's tentatively scheduled to cover three innings Saturday. The 28-year-old righty has spent the first few weeks of spring training working his way back from right shoulder inflammation, but a strong outing against the Mets would likely clear up any lingering concern about France's chances of beginning the season in Houston's rotation.

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  • Astros' J.P. France: Spring debut could be this weekend

    Astros manager Joe Espada said Tuesday that France (shoulder) could make his Grapefruit League debut this weekend, Matt Kawahara of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    Coming back from right shoulder inflammation, France threw two innings in a minor-league game Monday. The Astros remain optimistic that the right-hander will be part of their Opening Day rotation, although for that to come to fruition, he certainly can't afford any hiccups.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-0, 216 lbs
Birthplace: New Orleans, LA
Age: 29
Experience: 1
Bats/Throws: R, R