The race for the National League MVP award was a close one. There were many deserving candidates and there were a number of different factors that needed to be considered for the voters to make a decision.
Matt Kemp may have put up better numbers, but Ryan Braun was able to lead his team into the playoffs. These factors made for a very difficult decision between the two, but one was reached.
Braun managed to edge out Kemp for the 2011 NL MVP award because he was more valuable to his team.