Time for Matt Harvey to either be a great pitcher again or not

LOS ANGELES – There is nothing wrong with Matt Harvey that a few angry fastballs, six or seven commotion-free innings, a month of reasonable starts couldn’t fix.

Also, maybe, a little peace and quiet.

Mostly, though, the reasonable starts.

He drove north Thursday afternoon from Newport Beach. There, he’d tuned up his arm and psyche for five days at the Boras Sports Training Institute and finishing school. If the events of recent weeks had shaken him – the demotion from the starting rotation of the New York Mets, the 7 ERA, the minor-league assignment gone scorned, the trade to the Cincinnati Reds – by Thursday Harvey seemed clear-eyed and committed to whatever tomorrow might bring.

Tomorrow, incidentally, he’d be the starting pitcher at Dodger Stadium. Life, comin’ in hot.

New York, of course, can be a blessing and a curse, depending on which end of the cattle prod you’re standing. Harvey had spent a good amount of time as prodder and prod-ee, six years that ended at the bottom of the National League Central in a gray Reds road uniform and mixed into one of baseball’s worst rotations. Some, perhaps, would argue he’d

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