The St. Louis Cardinals fell just two games short of winning the franchise's 12th world championship in 2013. They compiled the National League's best record during the regular season. They stunned the world with some of the most dominant rookie performances imaginable.
They improved over the 2012 campaign by going deeper into the postseason as well as posting a better record in the regular season. Manager Mike Matheny showed St. Louis fans that he belonged at the head of this team.
Still, there are a few lessons to be learned from any season, and 2013 would not be any different for the St. Louis Cardinals. Matheny learned some valuable lessons along the way. The future Cardinals can take some notes from the 2013 season and improve upon it going forward.
Continue on to take a look at five lessons the St. Louis Cardinals can learn from this past season.
All statistics in the following slides were taken from Baseball-Reference.com and are current as of November 5, 2013.
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